Russians said to have bought $100000 of election ads on Google

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The social media giant Twitter has shut down accounts associated with the Internet Research Agency, which the Post described as "a Russian-government affiliated troll farm", the same group that had purchased the Facebook ads.

Google has discovered evidence that Russian operatives purchased ads on its services to meddle with the 2016 U.S. presidential election, according to a new report.

A Google investigation has found evidence for the first time that Russian operatives attempted to interfere in the 2016 presidential election by exploiting the company's platforms, the Washington Post reported on Monday. "We are deepening our investigation of diversion attempts of our systems, and work with researchers and other companies, and give our assistance to the ongoing investigations", said Google. Google discovered potential Russian ads by linking Russian Twitter accounts to those used to purchase ads on its own services, reportedly without Twitter's permission.

Meanwhile, Congress has initiated several investigations into the matter that Russian-bought ads were a planned attack to rig the election and sow discord in the United States. Last week, the Senate Intelligence Committee reaffirmed the intelligence community's assessment that Russian Federation attempted to influence the election. Snap, however, told Recode that it has searched its data and found no evidence of any Russian-bought ads.

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The amount of money spent on Google ads matches the sum reportedly spent by Russian operatives on Facebook in the lead-up to the election.

The U.S. intelligence community has concluded Russian President Vladimir Putin oversaw an unprecedented cyber campaign to meddle in the election, with the apparent aim of promoting Trump over Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton. According to the estimates, $ 100,000 invested would have enabled Russian Federation to buy ads Facebook views by 23 million Americans, primarily in States crucial such as MI and Wisconsin, won with 10,000 and 20,000 votes ahead by Donald Trump.

Executives from Facebook and Twitter will testify before Congress in November. As the article notes, the company has previously downplayed its involvement in Russia's potential election interference.

In a blog post in September, Facebook's chief security officer said the "ads and accounts appeared to focus on amplifying divisive social and political messages across the ideological spectrum". It also disclosed that the account for the news site RT, which the company linked to the Kremlin, spent $US274,100 on its platform in 2016.

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