Google obtains accounts linked to Russian Federation procured election ads

European action has become increasingly aggressive against US technology giants Amazon Facebook and Apple as well as GoogleLEON NEAL

The media outlet claimed that tens of thousands of dollars had been spend on ads, however, no further details on "the Russian agents" or specific proof has been provided.

Russia, which has bought sponsored content on Facebook and Twitter during the u.s. election, has also done the same on Google, reports the Washington Post on Monday. A similar claim was made by the social media giants Facebook and Twitter, wherein the companies hinted at Russian Federation linked ads being run in the US during the 2016 US Presidential elections.

Google had initially ruled out a Facebook-like misuse of its platform to run an ad campaign to attempt influencing the United States elections, now accepted.

On the other hand, Facebook found more than $100,000 were spent on such ads.

The promotions don't have all the earmarks of being from a similar Kremlin-subsidiary substance that purchased advertisements on Facebook Inc (FB.O), yet may show a more extensive Russian online disinformation exertion, as per the source, who was not approved to examine points of interest of Google's private examination.

But a few days later, Mueller, over Trump's objections, was named to handle the independent criminal investigation of the Russian meddling in the election.

Google's products include YouTube, Gmail, and the company's DoubleClick ad network.

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The Washington Post was the first to report Google's discovery.

Google issued a statement on October 9 saying it has a set of strict policies on advertising, imposing limits on ad targeting based on politics, race, and religion.

Executives for Facebook and Twitter will testify before congressional investigators on November 1.

Trump has denied any campaign collusion with Russian Federation, but told a television interviewer he was thinking of "this Russian Federation thing" when he chose to oust Comey in May.

The content was pulled from Facebook and Twitter in August after it was identified as Russian government-backed propaganda, the Daily Beast reported, but the YouTube page remained live until shortly after the news was disclosed Monday. A study by the Oxford Internet Institute, which is affiliated with the British Oxford University, found that current and former USA military personal were especially targeted by the Russian disinformation campaigns.

The revelation about Google is likely to fuel further scrutiny of the role that Silicon Valley technology giants may have unwittingly played during last year's election. Twitter offers outsiders the ability to access a small amount of historical tweets for free, and charges developers for access to the entire Twitter trove of data stemming back to 2006.

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