Russians spent thousands on Google during United States presidential election

  • Russians spent thousands on Google during United States presidential election

Russians spent thousands on Google during United States presidential election

Google has found Russian agents burned through a huge number of dollars on advertisements on its YouTube, Gmail and Google Search items with an end goal to intrude in the 2016 US presidential decision, a man informed on the organization's test told Reuters on Monday.

Citing unnamed sources within the company, The Washington Post claims the Silicon Valley giant has uncovered tens of thousands of dollars spent on ads by Russian Federation agents on YouTube, Google Search, Gmail and the company's DoubleClick ad network. Microsoft Corp said Monday that it was looking at whether Russians bought US election ads on its Bing search engine or other Microsoft-owned products and platforms. However, pressure from Congress has prompted the company to launch an internal investigation into the matter, which is still in its early stages.

Google, possessed by Alphabet Inc (GOOGL.O), did not deny the story, and in an announcement indicated its current advertisement approaches that farthest point political promotion focusing on and disallow focusing on in view of race or religion.

"We are taking a deeper look to investigate attempts to abuse our systems, working with researchers and other companies, and will provide assistance to ongoing inquiries", a Google spokesperson said on Monday.

"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 Monday on MSNBC. The three technology giants have been called to testify at House and Senate Intelligence Committee meetings on November 1 as part of a broad investigation into Russia's meddling with the election.

The news about Google comes amid a flurry of reports about how Facebook is dealing with bearing the brunt of the blame for "fake news" affecting the election.

Google found that accounts linked to the Russian government bought $4,700 worth of ads, while accounts with other Russian links spent $53,000 on ads, one of the people said. Other ads promoted anti-immigrant sentiment and racial animosity.

Facebook has not yet returned our request for comment.

Twitter said that it shut down 200 accounts from the agency and the news site RT, which is also connected to the Kremlin, spent $274,000 past year.

Google is closely examining any attempts to misuse its platforms and will provide all the necessary assistance to ongoing investigations into Russia's alleged meddling in the 2016 United States election, the company's spokesperson told Sputnik on Monday.