It's telling us about disinformation on its platform.

Twitter is not only telling the public about disinformation on its platform. It's showing it, too.

The social media site released last week all the accounts and related content it identified as part of Russian and Iranian information operations on its service in the past two years. The data dump includes around 10 million tweets and 2 million other pieces of content, all of which are now available for independent research and investigation.

This unprecedented salvo in the fight against election interference should encourage other companies to take similar steps toward transparency.

Twitter's disclosure confirms much of what we already knew about efforts to influence U.S. elections and adds some extra details. Russian trolls, who were far more effective than their Iranian counterparts, began their activity online by manipulating citizens of their own country over the invasion of Ukraine and anti-corruption, before moving on to U.S. targets. Iranian accounts directed users to pro-regime websites.

The data also proved a point often lost in the panic over Russian interference: Moscow appears to be relatively nonpartisan. Trolls went after the American right and then, after President Donald Trump's victory, diversified to focus on fissures among the left, all the while using people's engagement with tweets on hot-button issues as a gateway into posting more polarizing, often false, content.

Other companies should take a tip from Twitter and make the data they collect on disinformation more widely available. Though Twitter's structure gives it a leg up over its peers such as Facebook, sites across the board should disclose as much about influence campaigns as liability concerns allow.

It is heartening to see platforms scrubbing themselves of malicious content. But the rest of the country cannot help with cleanup if it does not know what the mess looks like.