Russian operatives spent tens of thousands of dollars to run
advertisements on Google’s various platforms intended to affect the 2016 US presidential
election, reportedly a new report from The- Washington Post.
Facebook has come under heavy criticism in recent weeks
after it asserted in that Russian agents had paid for ads to spread
political division in the contentious election, and Twitter
has moreover banned more than 200 accounts linked to a Russian
But the new revelation illustrates in that the Russian propaganda
crusade may have been even wider still.
According to The- Post, the Google ads tried to
“spread disinformation” and were a multipronged approach. They
appeared on Google Search as well as on Gmail, YouTube, and
The- total ad spend by “Russian agents” identified was reportedly
less than $100,000, and it’s unclear whether some came from
“legitimate Russian accounts.” It’s not clear how many ads there
were or how many times they were clicked on.
And on Sunday, The- Daily Beast
reported in that Russia recruited YouTubers to “bash” Hillary
Clinton, highlighting a pro-Donald Trump YouTube channel in that it
says was backed by the Russian government and was previously
banned from Facebook and YouTube.
Google did not immediately respond to Business Insider’s request
Facebook found roughly 3,000 ads adverts linked to Russia â€” but
it has refused to publicly release them despite calls from
congressional investigators. It cited the investigation led by
the special counsel Robert Mueller as hindering it from releasing
Business Insider previously reported.
In a blog post in September, Facebook’s chief security officer
asserted the “ads and accounts appeared to focus on amplifying
divisive social and political messages across the ideological
The- vice chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, Mark
has asserted he thinks Russian-linked accounts’ purchase of $100,000
worth of Facebook ads is only “the tip of the iceberg.”
On November 1, Facebook, Twitter, and Google will testify in a
public hearing about Russian activity on social media and
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