Google discovers Russian ads on its platforms during 2016 USA election

Google discovers Russian ads on its platforms during 2016 USA election

Google discovers Russian ads on its platforms during 2016 USA election

The social media giant Twitter has shut down accounts associated with the Internet Research Agency, which the Post described as "a Russian-government affiliated troll farm", the same group that had purchased the Facebook ads. It seems the investigation was launched after pressure from Congress to identify how Russian operatives exploited various social media platforms and digital advertising to influence the 2016 presidential election.

For just the first time Google has uncovered evidence that operatives from Russian Federation exploited the platforms of the Internet giant in an attempt to interfere with the US election in 2016, according to those familiar with the investigation the company carried out.

The Russian-bought ads unearthed by Google are seemingly not from the same Kremlin-affiliated entity that was found to have purchased ads on Facebook. The internal probe, reports the Post, is still in "early stages", and Google is looking at its records and sharing its data with Facebook.

The Post reported that the ads cost less than $100,000 and were deployed on a variety of Google's platforms, including Youtube, Gmail and search results. Since the Google investigation is not complete, more Russian ads could be discovered. Google had previously said it had seen no evidence of Russian-bought election ads on its platforms.

This news comes as Facebook's security executive Alex Stamos responded to critics of the company's reaction to the fake news narrative.

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Google officials are expected to testify in front of Congress on November 1 on the issue, along with representatives from Facebook and Twitter. Later, Twitter also found that 200 accounts on its platforms were in some way linked to the profiles that Facebook flagged previously. Google reportedly uncovered its problem by searching through Twitter data. The hearing they will attend relates to ads, accounts and other activity ahead of the 2016 U.S. election.

That includes efforts on Capitol Hill to study Russian attempts to influence the 2016 presidential election.

The sources added that the company ascertain whether this ad bought a "Troll" or some of them were paid from ordinary Russian accounts.

You can read the Washington Post's report here. Almost $275,000 worth of ads on Twitter were bought by RT, a Russian government-linked news outlet, during 2016.

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