Published: Sun, October 01, 2017
Industry | By Dora Warner

Google to probe Russian interference in U.S. election

Google to probe Russian interference in U.S. election

"This is an ongoing process and we will continue to collaborate with investigators".

The news comes after Facebook acknowledged foreign entities linked to Russian Federation paid to promote political messages on the leading social network, potentially violating U.S. election laws.

Alphabet Inc's Google is conducting a broader internal investigation to determine whether Russian-linked entities used its ads or other services to try to manipulate USA voters previous year, a person familiar with the probe told The Wall Street Journal.

Warner said that the explanation of Twitter were "deeply disappointing", and he suggested that the company does not understand the gravity of the investigation by Congress into alleged Russian interference in the 2016 presidential elections.

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Facebook Inc. FB, +1.27% and Twitter Inc. Twitter studied roughly 450 accounts that Facebook flagged in its review, and found that 22 of them had corresponding accounts on its platform. "All of those identified accounts had already been or immediately were suspended from Twitter for breaking our rules, most for violating our prohibitions against spam".

"We are concerned about violations of our terms of service and USA law with respect to interference in the exercise of voting rights", the statement said.

"We are concerned about violations of our Terms of Service and USA law with respect to interference in the exercise of voting rights", the statement revealed.

Twitter said some of the ads, or promoted tweets, aimed to deceive voters by telling them they could "text to vote", which has no basis in fact.

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The social media platform said this month it found 3,000 political ads that traced back to Russian Federation.

The social media site said it discovered three accounts, all linked to RT, which had spent the money throughout the 2016 year. The senator said Twitter's presentation showed the company failed to understand the significance of the advertisements or "the threat it posts to democratic institutions".

Sen. Mark Warner, D-Vermont, said Twitter's presentation was "deeply disappointing" and "inadequate on nearly every level", according to The Washington Post.

On Thursday, researchers at Oxford University published a study concluding that Twitter bots disseminated misinformation and propaganda at a higher rate in U.S. battleground states than in noncompetitive states during a 10-day period around Election Day in November. Twitter also said it found that election scams had been included in the posted content. It is also believed that Russian President Vladimir Putin personally ordered an "influence campaign" to reduce the chances of Clinton's win.

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Twitter announced new measures to toughen restrictions on suspect spammers, for example by reducing the time that suspicious accounts stay visible during company investigations.

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