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10 October 2017, 12:32 | Denise Dawson
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Russian operatives bought Google ads and exploited the company's many platforms in an attempt to interfere in the 2016 United States presidential election, according to a new report out of Washington.
For just the first time Google has uncovered evidence that operatives from Russian Federation exploited the platforms of the Internet giant in an attempt to interfere with the USA election in 2016, according to those familiar with the investigation the company carried out.
Facebook published a blog post on September 6, 2017, revealing that the company found about $100,000 in ad purchases between June 2015 and May 2017 - associated with roughly 3,000 ads connected to about 470 inauthentic accounts and pages in violation of it policies.
Initially, the company abandoned the idea to investigate "Russian meddling" on its platform, but eventually a probe into the issue was launched, according to the report.
And, a significant discovery has been that the source of the funding for the ads, appears to be different from those identified by Facebook.
The social network recently turned over evidence to Congressional investigators about thousands of alleged Russian-bought ads that were created to throw the presidential election into chaos.
According to The Post, the Google ads tried to "spread disinformation" and were a multipronged approach.
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The sources added that the company ascertain whether this ad bought a "Troll" or some of them were paid from ordinary Russian accounts.
Google had previously said it hadn't found evidence of Russia-linked ads on its platforms.
The 2016 presidential election marked the first time that Google allowed targeting by political leanings and it allowed two categories - left-leaning and right-leaning.
So far, Google has ducked a lot of the criticism that has fallen on Facebook, and to a lesser extent, Twitter.
A content farm called the Internet Research Agency in St. Petersburg, Russia used these social networking platforms as a way to influence Americans during the Presidential 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.
Executives for Facebook and Twitter will testify before congressional investigators on November 1.
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