Google reportedly finds Russia-linked ads on YouTube, Gmail, Search

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Google, Facebook and fake news

Now Facebook is telling advertisers that political and other types of ads will be reviewed by humans before they go live, according to Axios. Google did this by downloading historical data that Twitter makes available to developers, according to the Post's sources. The tech giants are scheduled for a double-header on November 1: They have been asked to testify before both the Senate and House intelligence committees.

Twitter, meanwhile, shut down 201 accounts associated with Internet Research Agency, a firm with reported Russian ties that spent over $274,000 on ads.

The top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, Representative Adam B. Schiff of California, said it should not be surprising that Russians were using Google as well as Facebook and Twitter.

Previously Google downplayed the Russian meddling problem across its platforms. "But the themes are consistent across platforms: the desire to help Donald Trump, to hurt Hillary Clinton and the desire to set Americans against each other". The company said it found 450 accounts and about $100,000 was spent on the ads.

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The links were discovered by analysing Twitter data, reports the Post.

In Google declined to comment on this information.

An internal investigation at Google has revealed Russian agents spent "tens of thousands of dollars" on fake ads while attempting to influence the 2016 US election, according to the Washington Post. Since Google is the world's largest online advertising business and YouTube is the world's largest online video site, there were always good chances that Russian operatives exploited the platforms to forward their propaganda.

US security and election experts believe the revelation by Google may just be the beginning as the Silicon Valley giant looks deeper into its data and uncover other ways Russian Federation may have infiltrated its different platforms.

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This is the first time Google has been reported to admit to evidence of this activity.

However, it now appears that further investigation has found evidence of Russian-bought election ads on YouTube, Google Search, Gmail and the company's DoubleClick ad network ... The ads were much more broad, aimed at English-language queries or any users in the United States, for example. Rep. Adam Schiff, a Democrat of California, said, "The American people deserve to see the ways that the Russian intelligence services manipulated and took advantage of online platforms to stoke and amplify social and political tensions, which remains a tactic we see the Russian government rely on today".

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

The content of the ads that flowed through Google was not clear.

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