Google Has Found Russian Ads Related To 2016 Election

Facebook announced last month it had unearthed US$100,000 (RM422,345) in spending by the Internet Research Agency and, under pressure from lawmakers, has pledged to be more transparent about how its ads are purchased and targeted.

Google's investigation is in the early stages, but Dwoskin says it's significant that the ads on Google don't come from the same source as the ads on Facebook. Twitter itself has said it found Russian accounts by matching by the accounts Facebook had found. The Washington Post is reporting that the technology behemoth uncovered the Russian-backed disinformation campaign as it considers whether to testify before Congress in November 2017. Facebook, the dominant social media network, said 3,000 ads and 470 "inauthentic" accounts and pages spread polarizing views on topics including immigration, race and gay rights.

Google is the latest tech company that's found evidence of Russian-bought ads on its platforms.

At the time, she said Google 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". The posts were shared hundreds of millions of times, said Jonathan Albright, research director of the Tow Center for Digital Journalism at Columbia University.

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 USA, spread propaganda and sway the election to elect Donald Trump.

Trump has denied any collusion with the Kremlin and Russian Federation has denied all claims surrounding its interference in the election.

The revelations add to the evidence the Russian disinformation campaign had not only multiple targets among USA technology companies, but also multiple centers of operations. This brings up the disturbing possibility of a widespread Russian-funded effort to completely destabilize the USA democratic system and tech industry by targeting Silicon Valley companies, which have become the country's economic backbone.

Twitter, another social media giant, has also linked roughly 200 accounts to the IRA and sold $274,100 to RT, a Russian state broadcaster which potentially promoted over 1,800 ads to Americans. Twitter offers outsiders the ability to access a small amount of historical tweets for free, and charges developers for access to the entire Twitter trove of data stemming back to 2006.

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