Google finds links to Russian disinformation in its services

Google finds links to Russian disinformation in its services

They say the adverts do not appear to be from the same Kremlin-linked source that bought ads on Facebook. This suggests that more operatives may have been involved in trying to rig the Presidential election.

For its part, Google declined to comment Monday on the specific nature of the company's early findings. However, according to the Post, the search giant, who downplayed any such possibility on its platforms before, has now initiated an investigation into the matter. The social network shared information about groups and accounts spreading misinformation on behalf of Russian Federation with others in the industry, which led Twitter to investigate the same groups and associated accounts. Google, which said last month it had found no signs of Russian interference, runs the world's largest online advertising business, and YouTube is the world's largest online video site. Google found links between Russian Twitter accounts and accounts used to buy ads on Google products.

The adverts in question included material in favour of Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders, the socialist Democrat candidate who lost to Hilary Clinton. The full report there can be found on Facebook.

Facebook reported a month ago it had uncovered $100,000 in spending by the Internet Research Agency and, under weight from officials, has vowed to be more straightforward about how its promotions are bought and focused on. The search giant claimed that the company has always monitored for any abuse and violations of their policies by users.

"If Vladimir Putin is using Facebook or Google or Twitter to, in effect, destroy our democracy, the American people should know about it", Democratic Senator Richard Blumenthal said October 9 on MSNBC.

A spokesman told Reuters it had no further information at the moment.

The Congress and the american justice investigate a possible interference in russia's election campaign a year ago, which had led to the election of Donald Trump, and seek in particular to know if the social networks and search engines have been able to serve as a platform for the political manipulation. Facebook was the subject of scrutiny in recent weeks over revelations of similar significant Russian exploits of the social network during the 2016 US Presidential election in the USA.

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