Google uncovers Russia-linked ad campaigns aimed at manipulating United States election

Facebook to tighten regulations around political advertising

The sprawling inquiry into the extent of Russian attempts to purchase ads on the USA internet before the 2016 United States federal elections has expanded to yet another digital giant, with Microsoft confirming that it has launched an internal investigation into whether it sold such advertisements via its Bing search engine.

"We see the Russian Federation presence on social media metastasizing", said Rep Adam Schiff of California, the ranking Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee.

Lawmakers have summoned Facebook, Twitter and Google for public hearings on the matter.

Google admitted on Monday it had found evidence that Russian operatives attempted to meddle in last year's U.S. presidential election by spending tens of thousands of dollars on politically divisive advertisements across its platforms.

Facebook reportedly unearthed $100,000 (£76,000) in spending from a single Russian group, the Internet Research Agency.

Representatives from all three internet companies are expected to appear before an open Senate Intelligence Committee on November 1, as evidence continues to mount that their platforms were manipulated with the aim of steering Trump towards winning the presidency.

At the meeting with Republicans, Rep. Greg Walden - the leader of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, which oversees tech - "inquired about Facebook's latest efforts to protect Americans' personal information online and ensure the platform is enforcing its terms of use rules", a panel source told Recode.

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"It will be released by our committee", said Schiff.

Under fire for its response to Russian activity on its site before the presidential vote, Facebook last month agreed to hand over detailed information on thousands of Russian-backed ads to congressional investigators and said it would take steps to increase political transparency.

Asked what he wanted to know from Sandberg, Hoyer said: "What they knew and when they knew it".

As more facts continue to unfold regarding how external forces influenced last year's USA elections, Google has reportedly uncovered how Russia-linked accounts bought election ads on its network. Google is continuing to examine its own records and also is sharing data with Facebook. She is scheduled to meet with the Congressional Black Caucus on Thursday.

"In reviewing the ads buys, we have found approximately $100,000 in ad spending from June of 2015 to May of 2017 - associated with roughly 3,000 ads - that was connected to about 470 inauthentic accounts and Pages in violation of our policies".

One member of Congress who viewed the ads said that of about 70 that person had viewed, all of them had racial themes.

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