Google has found Russian ads related to 2016 election

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People familiar with the ads told the outlet that the ads do not appear to originate from the Internet Research Agency, the Russian "troll farm" that Facebook said had purchased $100,000 of political ads on its platform through fake accounts.

Russian operatives reportedly bought ads worth $100,000 across Google's platforms in an attempt to interfere with the 2016 USA presidential election.

According to The Washington Post's report, that set of ads being investigated cost less than $100,000 and Google is still trying at the moment to figure out if it was all troll-based, or whether there were some legitimate Russian residents running a campaign.

Facebook's blog post outlined what the company shared with Congress as part of its investigation into Russian interference in USA elections.

The Washington Post noted that until now, Google has "mostly avoided the scrutiny" that's focused on Facebook, which recently provided Congressional investigators with about 3,000 Russian-bought ads. In September, a spokesperson for Google said the company always monitors for any violations of abuse of its policies and has seen nothing to indicate there was an ad campaign run across its platforms. Last week, the Senate Intelligence Committee reaffirmed the intelligence community's assessment that Russian Federation attempted to influence the election.

The U.S. Congress has opened multiple investigations to determine the level of Russian interference in the 2016 election.

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Pic: Getty ImagesFacebook has confirmed that around 5% of the adverts it has identified as having been bought by Russian Federation around the time of the U.S. presidential election also appeared on Instagram.

Executives from Facebook and Twitter will testify before Congress in November.

The amount of money spent on Google ads matches the sum reportedly spent by Russian operatives on Facebook in the lead-up to the election.

Meanwhile, the US Sixty Minutes program last night profiled Brad Parscale, the man behind the Trump campaign's enormously successful digital media strategy, who revealed Facebook did much more than accept ads.

In a blog post, Facebook wrote it is also looking at an additional 2200 ads that may have not come from the Internet Research Agency. As a result, Twitter identified about 200 related, Russia-tied accounts on its platform, though none of them had been registered as advertisers.

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