Google Says “Suspected Russian Agents” Bought Political Ads in 2016

HeadlineOct 10, 2017

Back in the United States, Google said Monday that “suspected Russian agents” paid for tens of thousands of dollars’ worth of political advertisements last year aimed at swaying the 2016 presidential election. The Washington Post reports the ads were aimed at spreading disinformation across Google’s many platforms, including its search results, Gmail service and YouTube. Managers at Microsoft said Monday they, too, were investigating whether Russian operatives paid for “inappropriate” pro-Trump ads on its Bing search engine and other platforms. Social media giant Facebook has said a Russian company placed thousands of ads on their network at a cost of more than $100,000, while Twitter reported last month it discovered about 200 accounts linked to a Russian campaign to influence the election.

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