Google Found Russian-Backed Ads in YouTube, Gmail, and Other Platforms

Google Found Russian-Backed Ads in YouTube, Gmail, and Other Platforms

Google Found Russian-Backed Ads in YouTube, Gmail, and Other Platforms

But the ads do not appear to come from the same Kremlin-affiliated troll farms that bought thousands of ads on Facebook meant to distribute disinformation online about the election, the report said.

Google has found evidence its platforms were exploited by Russian operatives seeking to interfere in the 2016 United States presidential election, The Washington Post reported on Monday.

Google has found evidence that a Russian government campaign used the company's platforms to spread propaganda, according to a new report from The Washington Post.

Google is "taking a deeper look to investigate attempts to abuse our systems, working with researchers and other companies, and will provide assistance to ongoing inquiries", it said.

The Russian-bought ads unearthed by Google are seemingly not from the same Kremlin-affiliated entity that was found to have purchased ads on Facebook. Google and Twitter reportedly did not collaborate on the effort, which is supposedly still in its early stages.

While Facebook and Twitter have already indicated that they have discovered content funded by Russian interests, Google remains very discreet on the subject, even if the group was also invited by Congress to testify in a public hearing on the 1st of November.

This news comes as Facebook's security executive Alex Stamos responded to critics of the company's reaction to the fake news narrative.

Facebook found roughly 3,000 ads adverts linked to Russian Federation - but it has refused to publicly release them despite calls from congressional investigators. The only thing that is surprising, he said, is that it took so long for Google to find the activity.

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The ads infiltrated Google, Gmail, YouTube and DoubleClick, Google's advertising network.

The company did not immediately comment on the claims.

Global social media platform Facebook, meanwhile, has also recently said that it had to shut down thousands of fake accounts in the run up to the German election last month.

The sources added that the company ascertain whether this ad bought a "Troll" or some of them were paid from ordinary Russian accounts.

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.

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.

It's not just Facebook and Twitter.

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