'Baton Rouge Voice' account linked to Russian election interference

BATON ROUGE, La. (LOCAL 33) (FOX 44) - A social media handle seeming to have a Baton Rouge tie, was actually one of the Russia-backed Twitter accounts tied to election interference.

Twitter gave Congressional investigators the name of close to 400 Twitter accounts last week. "Baton Rouge Voice" was one of them.

The account has since been deleted along with the tweets. However, experts said the account was used to deflect scandalous stories about President Donald Trump and spread criticism about Hillary Clinton before the 2016 election.

A Baton Rouge voter said the growing social media influence made decision making tricky.

"With the bombardment of different influences in the election, it just seemed difficult to get a clear view of what was happening," Baton Rouge resident Mitchell Petras said.

Sen. John Kennedy (R-La.) addressed the growing influence of social media.

"They've gotten so big so quickly, that their power scares me sometimes," Kennedy said.

He also said addressing social media concerns is tough.

"On the one hand, I am concerned about the poison that is spread on social media, but on the second hand, I have a lot of concerns about censoring it and letting anyone censor what you and I say," Kennedy said.

As a result of an investigation into Russian election interference, two former Trump campaign officials face several charges including conspiracy against the United States.


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