Published: Mon, October 09, 2017
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Google Uncovers Russia-Paid Ads On YouTube, Gmail

Google Uncovers Russia-Paid Ads On YouTube, Gmail

"Google is conducting a broad internal investigation to determine whether Russian-linked entities used its ads or services to try to manipulate voters ahead of the U.S. election", media reports said.

People familiar with the ads told the outlet that the ads do not appear to originate from the Internet Research Agency, the Russian "troll farm" that Facebook said had purchased $100,000 of political ads on its platform through fake accounts. Google runs the world's largest online advertising business, and YouTube is the world's largest online video site.

An exclusive report in the Washington Post Monday, shows that Google has uncovered evidence that Russian nationals spent thousands of dollars on online ads, to spread disinformation ahead of the closely contested 2016 USA election. And when Alphabet Inc.'s best and brightest do show up before Congress, they're going to have some serious explaining to do following Monday's explosive Washington Post report.

Google has uncovered evidence of a large-scale Russian operation to exploit its platforms as part of attempted interference with the 2016 United States election. But the company reportedly found tens of thousands of dollars spent on ads across on array of Google-owned platforms, including YouTube, Gmail, and search.

Google has avoided the intense scrutiny Facebook has been subjected to over the response to alleged Russian electoral interference, however this could change as the investigation continues.

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It has turned the ads over to congressional panels investigating Russian involvement in the election.

Google was yet to comment on this, the report added.

Meanwhile, Twitter announced last month that it suspended more than 200 accounts it believes were linked to the same Russian actors who bought the Facebook ads, which were aimed at creating division and dissent among Americans leading up to the election.

Executives from Twitter and Facebook have said they will testify before Congress on November 1 regarding Russia's attempts to sow dissent on the social media platforms.

So far, Google has ducked a lot of the criticism that has fallen on Facebook, and to a lesser extent, Twitter.

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