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Google Identifies Russian Election Interference on Network

  • Company finds $4,700 in ads tied to Russian government
  • Another $53,000 may be state-sponsored or legitimate business
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Google Uncovers Russian-Bought Advertising: Report

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Alphabet Inc.’s Google is the latest technology company to find that Russian-linked accounts used its advertising network to interfere with the 2016 U.S. presidential election campaign.

Google investigators found $4,700 in ads tied to the Russian government, according to a person familiar with the matter. The company discovered another $53,000 in ad spending coming from Russia that it’s scrutinizing further to determine whether it’s connected with state-sponsored accounts or legitimate ad spending by Russian businesses. The New York Times earlier reported on the breakdown in ad spending and The Washington Post first reported about Google’s disclosure of the Russian ad activity.