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Google Avoids Spotlight During Russia Investigation

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By    |   Thursday, 26 October 2017 11:32 AM

Google has done its best to avoid getting involved in Congress' ongoing investigation into Russia's actions during the 2016 presidential election, Axios reports.

Facebook and Twitter have been very public in their response to the reports that Russian government agents allegedly operated on social media sites to influence voters before the presidential election.

Although Google is most well-known as a search engine, the company also owns YouTube, where Russian operatives allegedly backed content creators who made videos opposing Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton.

YouTube also has a relationship with Russia Today, the country's state-sponsored news channel, which The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal explored in recent articles.

All three companies sent officials to brief investigators in closed-door meetings, but Google was the only one to not announce it publicly. And although Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and other top officials have openly spoken about the issue with the press, Google executives are silent.

Google also confirmed that they will testify on Russia next week much later than Facebook and Twitter.

The company did release a statement to The Verge after The Washington Post reported that Google found evidence that Russian operatives spent tens of thousands of dollars on ads for its platforms.

"We have a set of strict ads policies including limits on political ad targeting and prohibitions on targeting based on race and religion," a spokesperson said. "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."

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Google has done its best to avoid getting involved in Congress' ongoing investigation into Russia's actions during the 2016 presidential election, Axios reports.
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