Google Finds Accounts Connected to Russia Bought Election Ads

Google Finds Accounts Connected to Russia Bought Election Ads

Google Finds Accounts Connected to Russia Bought Election Ads

Twitter and Facebook recently detected and disclosed that suspected Russian operatives, working for a content farm known as the Internet Research Agency in St. Petersburg, Russia, used their platforms to purchase ads and post content that was politically divisive in a bid to influence Americans before and after the November 2016 presidential election. House and Senate committees are investigating ads that ran on Facebook, Twitter, Google, and other platforms in an effort to determine how Kremlin-backed trolls organized their misinformation campaigns and whether the ads influenced the outcome of the election.

Microsoft is also looking at whether Russians bought USA election ads on its Bing search engine or other Microsoft-owned products and platforms and it might be Putin's advertising campaign might be greater than many first thought.

Facebook said last week that modelling showed that 10 million people saw the Russian-bought ads by the 470 pages and accounts controlled by the Internet Research Agency.

Google said in a statement Monday, after The Washington Post first reported on the Russian-linked ads on the company's services, "We have a set of strict ads policies including limits on political ad targeting and prohibitions on targeting based on race and religion".

The meeting with Reps.

On Facebook's part, Sandberg expressed during her meeting with lawmakers a "very strong desire on their own to get any assistance they can from the intelligence community when they identify foreign bad actors", Schiff said.

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Schiff said Sandberg wanted to calm members of Congress, who were initially concerned that the company was reluctant to share information and to ensure that foreign governments don't wage information campaigns in US elections.

Added PR expert Mike Paul: "The entire advertising world is very anxious, but few will admit publicly that the negative news is affecting Facebook because it is the 800-pound gorilla globally for ad and media buyers".

Conaway and Schiff said after the meeting that they expect to eventually release the Facebook ads.

But "my personal hope is we do this as quickly as we can", Conaway said. Facebook has also declined to make the ads public.

Some members of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) have formed a coalition to press Facebook for action on racial issues, a congressional aide with knowledge of the discussions tells The Hill.

Last week, Facebook announced it would be hiring an additional 1,000 ad reviewers to crack down on these issues. The person said the ads were meant to inflame all sides, with some showing white police officers beating black people.

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