Google uncovered Russian-bought ads tied to 2016 election

Russian-bought ads on Google platforms aimed to sway 2016 US election: report

"We are taking a deeper look to investigate attempts to abuse our systems, working with researchers and other companies, and will provide assistance to ongoing inquiries".

Those close to the investigation reported that the ads cost less than $100,000 and that Google is still sorting through the ads to find out whether they originated from legitimate Russian accounts, or entities trying to influence the election.

The promotions don't have all the earmarks of being from a similar Kremlin-subsidiary substance that purchased advertisements on Facebook Inc (FB.O), yet may show a more extensive Russian online disinformation exertion, as per the source, who was not approved to examine points of interest of Google's private examination.

Google found that accounts linked to the Russian government bought $4,700 worth of ads, while accounts with other Russian links spent $53,000 on ads, one of the people said.

Amid calls for more transparency from the companies on this matter, some lawmakers are proposing legislation that would require Facebook, Twitter, Google and others to publicly disclose information about political ads on their platforms.

The Washington Post was the first to report Google's discovery.

Facebook, which identified 470 accounts linked to the Internet Research Agency, has shared its findings with both Twitter and Google, sources at all three companies said. While Facebook and Twitter have affirmed intends to go to, Google has not.

In a statement, Google spokesperson Andrea Faville said the company has "a set of strict ads policies including limits on political ad targeting and prohibitions on targeting based on race and religion". Google matched Russian-linked Twitter accounts to those that had bought advertising on its own websites, the person said. The president, of course, has remained publicly skeptical about any of it, even after gleefully challenging Russian Federation to hack into Hillary Clinton's email system as similar leaks of Democratic emails were happening.

Though the videos were only viewed hundreds of times, they demonstrated for the first time that Russian Federation allegedly deployed real people, not just fake online accounts or bots, to further spread propaganda. YouTube, which Google owns, is the largest online video service in the world.

Congressional committees have launched multiple investigations into Russian interference, but concern about Silicon Valley's role has surged over the past month against the backdrop of a cascade of revelations about how Russia appears to have leveraged their platforms to spread propaganda.

An examination distributed on Monday by analysts with the Oxford Internet Institute, which is associated with the British college, found that present US military work force and veterans were focused by disinformation crusades on Twitter and Facebook over the previous year by a nexus of genius Kremlin, Russian-situated locales, alongside scheme scholars and European conservative ideologues.

Both Republican and Democratic lawmakers have said Russian Federation meant to sow discord in the United States, spread propaganda and sway the election. While Facebook and Twitter have confirmed plans to attend, Google has not.

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