Google has found evidence its platforms were exploited by Russian operatives seeking to interfere in the 2016 US presidential election, The Washington Post reported on Monday.
Google, a unit of Alphabet, “found that tens of thousands of dollars were spent on ads by Russian agents who aimed to spread disinformation” across Google’s products, the newspaper wrote, citing people familiar with the company’s investigation.
Google’s products include YouTube, Gmail, and the company’s DoubleClick ad network.
The company told AFP that it has “a set of strict ads policies including limits on political ad targeting and prohibitions on targeting based on race and religion.”
Google is “taking a deeper look to investigate attempts to abuse our systems, working with researchers and other companies, and will provide assistance to ongoing inquiries,” it said.