Russian operatives spent thousands of dollars on Google ads, source claims

As congressional investigations deepen, an anonymous source at the company tells Reuters that ads were purchased in order to meddle in the 2016 electionGoogle has discovered Russian operatives spent tens of thousands of dollars on ads on its YouTube, Gmail and Google Search products in an effort to meddle in the 2016 US presidential election, a person briefed on the company’s probe told Reuters on Monday.The ads do not appear to be from the same Kremlin-affiliated entity that bought ads on Facebook, but may indicate a broader Russian online disinformation effort, according to the source, who was not authorized to discuss details of Google’s confidential investigation. Continue reading...

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