Google, Facebook, Twitter 'Scrambling' to Stop Regulation

Black lawmakers call on Facebook and Twitter to purge racist ads

Black lawmakers call on Facebook and Twitter to purge racist ads

Twitter, another social media giant, has also linked roughly 200 accounts to the IRA and sold $US274,100 ($353,349) to RT, a Russian state broadcaster which potentially promoted over 1800 ads to Americans.

Recently, Facebook has done some changes in its advertising programs, adding strict rules in choosing ads destination and other information, especially related to politics and religion.

On Friday, #Elliot Schrage, the vice president of Facebook's policy and communication, revealed that about $6,700 was spent on 5% ads purchased from Russian fake accounts on Instagram.

The investigation found that Russian operatives spent tens of thousands of dollars on ads on YouTube, Gmail, Google Search, and the company's DoubleClick ad network.

Google did not immediately comment on the report, which said the company discovered the Russian presence by siphoning data from Twitter.

Microsoft is also looking at whether Russians bought U.S. 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. (NASDAQ:GOOG), were first reported by the Washington Post.

Meanwhile, Facebook "plans to bring on as many as 1,000 people to screen ads", with CEO Mark Zuckerberg even reportedly "phoning members of Congress directly".

"We are taking a deeper look to investigate attempts to abuse our systems, working with researchers and other companies, and will provide assistance to ongoing inquiries", a Google spokeswoman said yesterday. YouTube is the world's largest online video site.

"We take reports of misuse of our platform seriously", the spokesman wrote to Gizmodo.

There are a number of Congressional investigations into the alleged Russian interference. Some posed as Black Lives Matter sympathizers critical of Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. Robin Kelly, Bonnie Watson Coleman, and Emanuel Cleaver further press the companies to clamp down on ads "aimed at inciting racial discontent" or "voter suppression".

Facebook, Google, Twitter are the shady bouncers of the web.

Facebook, Twitter and now Google.

Google officials have been invited to testify publicly before both the House and Senate intelligence committees about Russian attempts to use their platforms to influence the election.

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