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Russians used Google too
Posted by: pdq
Date: October 09, 2017 01:44PM

Last month, Google spokeswoman Andrea Faville told The Washington Post that the company is "always monitoring for abuse or violations of our policies and we've seen no evidence this type of ad campaign was run on our platforms."

But then they looked, y'know, and whoops!


Google discovered the Russian presence on its platforms by siphoning data from another technology company...Google downloaded... data from Twitter and was able to link Russian Twitter accounts to other accounts that had used Google’s services to buy ads, the people said.

Google's probe is still in its early stages, the people said. The number of ads posted and the number of times those ads were clicked on could not be learned.

Well, whaddaya know? It's amazing what you find when you look...
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Re: Russians used Google too
Posted by: pdq
Date: October 09, 2017 02:09PM
Here's one:


According to the YouTube page for “Williams and Kalvin,” the Clintons are “serial killers who are going to rape the whole nation.” Donald Trump can’t be racist because he’s a “businessman.” Hillary Clinton’s campaign was “fund[ed] by the Muslim.”

Williams and Kalvin’s content was pulled from Facebook in August after it was identified as a Russian government-backed propaganda account...Williams and Kalvin’s account was also suspended from Twitter in August. But the YouTube page for Williams and Kalvin remains live at press time.

“This is time for change. This is why I say that let our vote go for Trump. Because this man is a businessman. He’s not a politician. We can have deal with him,” Williams says in a video published in August of 2016. “Because I don’t see him as a racist. Because any businessman cannot be a racist because when you are a racist, then your business is going down.” He then makes a black-power fist as he endorses Trump.

...While the videos only racked up hundreds of views on YouTube at press time, some Williams and Kalvin videos on Facebook reached thousands of people. Before the account was shuttered, Williams and Kalvin’s Facebook page had 48,000 fans.

Google says only "All videos uploaded to YouTube must comply with our Community Guidelines and we routinely remove videos flagged by our community that violate those policies."

This is the extent of their efforts in this regard? Removing videos that people complain about?
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Re: Russians used Google too
Posted by: cbelt3
Date: October 09, 2017 02:24PM
“The Capitalists will sell us the rope with which we will hang them.”
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