Google Reportedly Finds Russian-Bought Ads On Search, YouTube, DoubleClick

Google says Russians bought $100K in ads for Trump, Bernie Sanders: Report

While the Russian government was found to have bought around 3,000 ads on Facebook in an attempt to influence the 2016 us election, Google has previously said that it had found no similar practices on its own ad platforms. Google and Twitter reportedly did not collaborate on the effort, which is supposedly still in its early stages.

The WP sources said that the investigation regarding the suspicious advertising is still ongoing. It previously told the Post that it is "always monitoring for abuse or violations of our policies and we've seen no evidence this type of ad campaign was run on our platforms".

As the Trump campaign was working with staffers from these platforms to target persuadable voters, Russian operatives were apparently illegally doing the same thing - promoting Trump, as well as candidates on the left who would siphon votes from Hillary Clinton.

The sources added that the company ascertain whether this ad bought a "Troll" or some of them were paid from ordinary Russian accounts. Google will also meet privately with the Senate and House Intelligence Committees prior to next month's public hearing, a source at the company confirmed.

Twitter stated that RT - which the United States intelligence community in January said played a role in Russia's efforts to interfere in the 2016 USA presidential election - spent $274,100 running ads in the U.S. a year ago.

Facebook found "roughly 3,000" ads connected to 470 inauthentic accounts and pages it believes were "affiliated with one another and likely operated out of Russian Federation".


On Monday, Reuters revealed that Russian operatives purchased advertisements to influence the 2016 Presidential election.

Facebook revealed last month that the company had found $100,000 in spending by the agency and has since pledged to become more transparent about their ad transactions. The company said it found 450 accounts and about $100,000 was spent on the ads.

In a blog post in September, Facebook's chief security officer said the "ads and accounts appeared to focus on amplifying divisive social and political messages across the ideological spectrum".

Virtually all (99%) were bought for less than $1,000 (£760) each, with half of those costing less than $3.

The social network recently shared about 3000 Russian-bought ads with congressional investigators that were purchased by operatives associated with the Internet Research Agency, a Russian-government affiliated troll farm, the company has said. It also disclosed that the account for the news site RT, which the company linked to the Kremlin, spent $US274,100 on its platform in 2016.

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