Published: Tue, October 10, 2017
Hi-Tech | By Merle Christensen

Facebook Confirms Russia Ads On Instagram

Facebook Confirms Russia Ads On Instagram

Google is "taking a deeper look to investigate attempts to abuse our systems, working with researchers and other companies, and will provide assistance to ongoing inquiries", it said. The internal probe, reports the Post, is still in "early stages", and Google is looking at its records and sharing its data with Facebook.

Now Facebook is telling advertisers that political and other types of ads will be reviewed by humans before they go live, according to Axios. Facebook and Twitter have previously stated Russian agents spent money to push paid ads on their platforms to create disarray ahead of the election, that was eventually won by current U.S. president Donald Trump.

The company's investigation has apparently determined these ad purchases were made during the 2016 presidential election.

Twitter and Facebook have said Russian Federation bought ads and had accounts on their platforms. These Russian, or Russia-affiliated agents apparently purchased tens of thousands of dollars' worth of ads on Google platforms like YouTube, Gmail and Google search. The company said it found 450 accounts and about $100,000 was spent on the ads.

As of now, there have been no comments from Google or Alphabet on the development. It seems the investigation was launched after pressure from Congress to identify how Russian operatives exploited various social media platforms and digital advertising to influence the 2016 presidential election. Last month, Twitter said it had found about 200 accounts that appeared to be linked to a Russian campaign to influence the election.

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This is the first time Google has been reported to admit to evidence of this activity.

Questioned by AFP, a spokesman for Google merely to indicate that the group "had a series of very strict rules in terms of sponsored content, including limits on the targeting of political content sponsored and the prohibition to target content according to the race and the religion". Google will also meet privately with the Senate and House Intelligence Committees prior to next month's public hearing, a source at the company confirmed.

Twitter, meanwhile, has been shown to be a dense thicket of easily faked accounts and news items that allowed alleged Russian operatives to pump out politically divisive and anti-Clinton tweets.

Facebook and Twitter have recently revealed that Russian troll farms sent thousands of paid advertisements and fake news stories through the social media sites to promote chaos and divisions among American voters.

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