Google Discovers Election-Influencing Ads Bought by Russians

Google Discovers Election-Influencing Ads Bought by Russians

Google Discovers Election Influencing Ads Bought by Russians

A startling revelation in the US Presidential election has come up. Search engine giant Google claims Russian operatives spent thousands of dollars for advertisements on Google’s channels like YouTube, Gmail, and Google Search, and that these ads were used to manipulate the U.S. Presidential election.

While the ads don’t appear to be generated from the same entity within the Kremlin that purchased ads on Facebook, there seems to be broader involvement by the Russians. This was indicated by an internal source from Google, who preferred to keep his identity confidential for security.

This revelation further strengthens the investigation into roles played by companies from Silicon Valley during last year’s election. US Intelligence agencies have suspected that Moscow played a role in getting Donald Trump elected as President of United States.

Google found that approximately $100,000 was spent on ads that were possibly linked to Russian movie stars. Twitter and Facebook also confirmed the presence of Russian operatives, who purchased ads under the name of Internet Research Agency located in St. Petersburg, Russia, to publish content to influence American citizens during the November 2016 election period.

Last month, Facebook disclosed that $100,000 was spent on advertisements by Internet Research Agency, and was under severe scrutiny by various authorities. They have pledged to maintain absolute transparency about transactions related to purchase of ads in the future.

Google’s claim is by far stronger than Facebook or Twitter, according to the Washington Post. Alphabet Inc, Google’s parent company, has not denied these claims, and have reiterated existing ad policies that restrict political ad targeting and prohibit any sort of targeting based on race or religion.

Anirudh Menon
Anirudh Menon
I have adorned multiple hats during my professional journey. My experience of 14 years comes in areas like Sales, Customer Service and Marketing. My journey as a professional writer started 5 years back, when I started writing for an in-house magazine for my employer. Having successfully delivered many in-house projects, it encouraged me to take my skill to the world. As on day, I have written articles, blogs website content for various industries like Information Technology, Start-up, Retail and Government. The subjects that I have covered range from Digital Marketing, SAP Cloud Platform, Cloud Computing, Content Marketing , Politics. Enhancement is a process and I constantly thrive to add more subjects in my portfolio. Over and above content writing, I also train language and communication to students who want to brush up their speaking skills. I am a part time trainer for IELTS coaching and also work as a budding voice over artist.

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