Google has discovered that Russian operatives spent thousands of dollars on ads on YouTube, Gmail, Google search and other products, The Washington Post reported on Monday.
The ads do not appear to be from the same Kremlin-affiliated entity that bought ads on Facebook Inc, which may indicate a broader Russian online disinformation effort, the paper reported. Google runs the world’s largest online advertising business and YouTube is the world’s largest online video site.
Google, owned by Alphabet Inc, did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the story.
Google has downplayed the possibility of Russian influence on its platforms, but launched a probe into the matter, according to the Post....