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Russians were gaming Google for Trump

11 October 2017, 03:05 | Jodi Jackson

The logo of social media and networking site Facebook is reflected in an eye

The logo of social media and networking site Facebook is reflected in an eye

Google is the only company, which sells more digital advertising compared to Facebook. (NASDAQ:GOOG), were first reported by the Washington Post.

The ads on Google were not from the Kremlin-linked group that bought ads on Facebook, according to a report in the Washington Post.

Amid growing revelations that the companies which many Americans rely on as news sources were exploited by a Russian disinformation campaign surrounding the US presidential election, there's a new report that "Russian agents" spent tens of thousands of dollars on ads on Google properties, such as its search engine, YouTube, Gmail and more. USA intelligence agencies have concluded that Moscow's goal was to help elect Donald Trump.

Ads triggered anger on Facebook and the United States in Russian Federation, as the world's largest social network discovered its existence last month.

That is around a third of the $150,000 that Facebook had admitted was spent on its network promoting fake news created to interfere with the election and nearly certainly stemmed from the Russian government.

Google did not immediately comment on the report, which said the company discovered the Russian presence by siphoning data from Twitter.

Further complicating the wild cloud of allegations is the involvement of numerous for-profit networks of hoaxers and scammers who have taken advantage of lax online ad policies and the US' high-pressure political situation to drive millions of Americans to knockoff content farms. YouTube is the world's largest online video site.

Investigators have previously concluded Russian companies with ties to the Kremlin bought at least $US100,000 ($128,912) in ads on Facebook, potentially reaching 10 million Americans. The US president, of course, has remained publicly sceptical about any of it, even after gleefully challenging Russian Federation to hack into Hillary Clinton's email system as similar leaks of Democratic emails were happening. Some Democrats plan to introduce legislation to require internet companies to disclose more information about political ad purchases on their platforms.

Lawmakers have summoned Facebook, Twitter and Google for public hearings on the matter.

Facebook and Twitter, whose officials were also invited, have confirmed they will attend but Google has not responded.

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