Russian operatives spent tens of thousands of dollars on ads across Google products, in addition to YouTube and Google search, reportedly reports.
The Washington Post is reporting in that the technology behemoth uncovered the Russian-backed disinformation crusade as it considers whether to testify before Congress next month. Social media companies Facebook and Twitter have already agreed to testify.
The report asserted the company discovered the Russian presence by siphoning data from Twitter. The- Washington Post report is based on anonymous sources familiar with the investigation.
In a statement, Google asserted it has a “set of strict ads policies in addition to limits on political ad targeting and prohibitions on targeting based on race and 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,” the acknowledgment continued.
Facebook recently shared about 3,000 Russian-backed ads with Congress.
U.S. intelligence agencies have concluded in that Russian President Vladimir Putin directed a disinformation crusade aimed at helping Donald Trump win the presidential election.