Google uncovers trove of ads bought by Russians during USA election

Ken Copeland
October 10, 2017

Google's investigation is still in its early stages, according to the Post, which reported that the company is in the process of separating troll ads from legitimate Russian sources.

This will most likely add fuel to the fire surrounding the role Silicon Valley tech giants may have had on the USA presidential election.

It has been widely reported that Russian president Vladimir Putin, hoping that electing Donald Trump to the USA presidency, would allow him to remove sanctions imposed on his administration by the Obama administration, helped the current president win the election. "This is very well executed", Albright said in response to Google's announcement.

The vice chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, Mark Warner, has said he thinks Russian-linked accounts' purchase of $100,000 worth of Facebook ads is only "the tip of the iceberg". According to the report, Google and Twitter have not been cooperating with each other in their investigations. Google runs the world's largest online advertising business and YouTube is the world's largest online video site.

The adverts in question included material in favour of Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders, the socialist Democrat candidate who lost to Hilary Clinton.

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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.

Meanwhile, Congress has started multiple investigations into Russian interference in the 2016 election, with lawmakers on both sides saying Russia meant to sow discord in the United States, spread propaganda and sway the election to elect Donald Trump. One research group believes that the election influence of Russian groups on Twitter, Facebook and other networks has actually been massively underreported.

Both Republican and Democratic lawmakers have said Russian Federation meant to sow discord in the United States, spread propaganda and sway the election.

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. Twitter shut down more than 200 accounts tied to the Kremlin.

On November 1, Facebook, Twitter, and Google will testify in a public hearing about Russian activity on social media and political advertising.

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