Google found evidence of Russia’s attempts to meddle in the US presidential elections through spreading fakes via Gmail and Youtube, as Washington Post informs referring to people familiar with the company's investigation.
Google states that Russian agents had spent tens of thousands of dollars on ads aimed at spreading disinformation on upcoming elections.
The ads were published on Gmail, Youtube, and DoubleClick. They were mostly advertising Hillary Clinton’s opponents in the elections – Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders. Other ads appear to have been aimed at fostering division by promoting anti-immigrant sentiment and racial animosity.
Google also found that the ads weren’t commissioned by the same Kremlin troll farm that ordered them on Facebook, which led to a conclusion that the Russian interference in the election may be a much broader problem.
As it was reported earlier, Google excluded Russia Today TV channel from the list of premium video services of Youtube hosting, which Google sells to advertising customers. The respective decision was made after Russian agents used digital platforms to affect the course of U.S. presidential election.