Published: Wed, October 11, 2017
Hi-Tech | By Grace Becker

Google, Facebook, Twitter 'Scrambling' to Stop Regulation

Google, Facebook, Twitter 'Scrambling' to Stop Regulation

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.

In a statement, a Microsoft spokesman told Gizmodo it had received reports indicating possible involvement and would take appropriate action if it turns out Russians did purchase ads on Bing, though they did not confirm whether it had found anything.

The Washington Post reports that Google found the Russian links to ads on its platforms by using data from Twitter accounts. Last week, Facebook handed some 3,000 ads over to federal lawmakers investigating Russian interference.

Twitter and Facebook recently disclosed that suspected Russian operatives used their platforms to purchase ads, but search giant Google is yet to officially confirm the breach Google has discovered Russian operatives spent tens of thousands of dollars on ads on its YouTube, Gmail and Google Search products in an effort to meddle in the 2016 United States presidential election, a person briefed on the company's probe told Reuters on Monday.

The role that Silicon Valley technology giants may have unwittingly played during last year's election is still being uncovered.

O'Neill eyes big scalps in play-offs
Wales put us under that pressure, as befits a side that had done so brilliantly in the Euros. "We've got a lot of work to do". It's been 59 years since Wales has qualified for a World Cup , while the Republic of Ireland hasn't made it since 2002.

USA intelligence agencies have concluded that the goal of the Russia-backed ads was to help elect Donald Trump.

Up until now, Facebook has been running a full-blown crisis PR campaign, promising to buckle down on political ad buys after it was revealed Kremlin-linked troll farms ran ads on the social media behemoth just before and after the 2016 election. Google runs the world's largest online advertising business, and YouTube is the world's largest online video site. The US president, of course, has remained publicly sceptical 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.

Investigators have previously concluded Russian companies with ties to the Kremlin bought at least $US100,000 ($128,912) in ads on Facebook, potentially reaching 10 million Americans.

Google has been invited to testify before both the House and Senate intelligence committees next month. Google has not confirmed plans to attend.

Like this: