Now Google Finds Trace Of Russian Bought Ads On YouTube, Gmail

Google began the investigation after Congress asked tech companies to help determine how Russian agents used social media to influence the election.

US Congressional investigators have recently focused on the spread of false news stories and propaganda on social media, and have pressured Facebook, along with Twitter and Google, to release any Russia-linked ads.

The Russian-bought ads unearthed by Google are seemingly not from the same Kremlin-affiliated entity that was found to have purchased ads on Facebook. These Russian, or Russia-affiliated agents apparently purchased tens of thousands of dollars' worth of ads on Google platforms like YouTube, Gmail and Google search. The social network recently turned over evidence to Congressional investigators about thousands of alleged Russian-bought ads that were created to throw the presidential election into chaos. "We're always monitoring for abuse or violations of our policies and we've seen no evidence this type of ad campaign was run on our platforms", the statement said. Facebook has said those ads reached just 10 million of the 210 million USA users that log onto the service each month. Associated accounts are confirmed to have purchased ads on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

The report said the company discovered the Russian presence by siphoning data from Twitter.

More news: US Supreme Court will hear public sector dues case

This is the first time Google has been reported to admit to evidence of this activity.

Interestingly, Google discovered the Russian Federation ad buys by using Twitter.

The company announced Thursday that company executives are talking with congressional committees with respect to investigations into Russian interference in the 2016 US election. As a result, Twitter identified about 200 related, Russia-tied accounts on its platform, though none of them had been registered as advertisers. According to the report, Google and Twitter have not been cooperating with each other in their investigations. Facebook has received the most attention for the Russian-backed ads, and has promised to give the government 3,000 of them for study, now taking the threat to its platform and Democracy itself that they represent much more seriously. But Google has declined to say if it plans to testify publicly before the House and Senate Intelligence Committees, which are leading the investigation and intend to hold two hearings on November 1.

  • Adam Floyd