Google uncovered Russia-backed ads on YouTube, Gmail

Google uncovered Russia-backed ads on YouTube, Gmail

Facebook, along with Twitter and Google, are scheduled to testify before the House and Senate intelligence committees for back-to-back public hearings November 1 on Russian efforts to use social media platforms to influence the 2016 U.S. elections. After more was revealed about the far-reaching impact of the ads, the social media titan handed them over to the House Intelligence Committee last week.

Microsoft is also looking at whether Russians bought United States election ads on its Bing search engine or other Microsoft-owned products and platforms and it might be Putin's advertising campaign might be greater than many first thought. The company has already provided the information of 3000 ads purchased from Russian fake accounts, for which more than $100,000 was spent by the Russian agency to Congress. Facebook acquired Instagram in 2012, paying $1 billion in cash and stock. Lawmakers in both parties had previously said they wanted to make the ads public. The ads - viewed by 10 million U.S. users - in many instances sought to stir political unrest, often by riling viewers on divisive issues related to race, religion, immigration and gun control.

Representatives from all three internet companies are expected to appear before an open Senate Intelligence Committee on November 1, as evidence continues to mount that their platforms were manipulated with the aim of steering Trump towards winning the presidency.

Sandberg is in Washington this week meeting with other lawmakers as well. "After we do that, we'll release them publicly".

Following a meeting with Facebook Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg, the leaders of the House Russia investigation - Reps.

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Asked what he wanted to know from Sandberg, Hoyer said: "What they knew and when they knew it".

Sandberg is also slated to meet this week with members of the Congressional Black Caucus regarding race-related Facebook ads that were linked to Russian Federation, according to a committee aide. At the end of September, Rep. Robin Kelly (D-Ill.) penned a letter to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg asking that the company "ensure that discriminatory and tactically divisive ad-targeting is aggressively prevented".

"In reviewing the ads buys, we have found approximately $100,000 in ad spending from June of 2015 to May of 2017 - associated with roughly 3,000 ads - that was connected to about 470 inauthentic accounts and Pages in violation of our policies".

"You and I as voters are responsible for where we get information and how we trust it, and whether we trust it", Conaway said. The member declined to be named because the ads aren't yet public.

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