Published: Wed, October 11, 2017
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

Microsoft Investigates 'Inappropriate' Pro-Trump Russian Ads on Bing Search Engine

Microsoft Investigates 'Inappropriate' Pro-Trump Russian Ads on Bing Search Engine

As per The Washington post, which first reported Russia's ad purchases on Google, the agents are apparently different from the troll farm Facebook uncovered from its own network, which perhaps suggests that the efforts to spread misinformation and cause a political divide among Americans during the 2016 election may be a much broader problem than tech firms in Silicon Valley care to admit.

As told sources WP, Google found a Russian presence on their platforms using company data Twitter.

The ads on Google were not from the Kremlin-linked group that bought ads on Facebook, according to a report in the Washington Post.

Other social media giants, Facebook and Twitter, have already indicated that they discovered content financed by Russian interests. Word comes from sources familiar with Google's investigation who've spoken on condition of anonymity with The Independent.

Google had initially ruled out a Facebook-like misuse of its platform to run an ad campaign to attempt influencing the U.S. elections, now accepted.

A spokesperson for Google said the company was "taking a deeper look to investigate attempts to abuse our systems, working with researchers and other companies", and that it would "provide assistance to ongoing inquiries".

Despite not thinking that its platform was abused, Google launched an investigation under pressure from Congress aiming to get tech firms to figure out if Russian Federation used social media, online advertising, and other platforms to influence the 2016 presidential election. (FB), the ads on Google touched on a variety of hot-button social topics, without a clear bent toward one candidate or political position, these people said.

Facebook's chief security officer Alex Stamos said at the time that the accounts appeared to be part of an organised campaign to sow disinformation. While Facebook and Twitter have confirmed plans to attend, Google has not.

Months after the 2016 U.S. Presidential Election concluded, there are still allegations that Russian Federation meddled in the process to help sway voter opinion.

Trump has denied any campaign collusion with Russian Federation, but told a television interviewer he was thinking of "this Russian Federation thing" when he made a decision to oust Comey in May.

According to sources at Google, the ads on its various platforms, which include Gmail, YouTube and its Double Click ad network, were not purchased from the same Russian entity that bought the ads on Facebook.

Executives for Facebook and Twitter will testify before congressional investigators on November 1. And Twitter has shut down more than 200 accounts connected to the same agency.

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