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Facebook says 10 million UU users you've seen ads related to Russia

During Google's debate last month, the company reportedly "plied Washington policy experts with questions about the pros and cons of its size", as "Google confronts European antitrust claims and proposed USA legislation that would increase online publishers' liability for content produced by others".

The sprawling inquiry into the extent of Russian attempts to purchase ads on the U.S. internet before the 2016 U.S. 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.

US intelligence agencies have concluded that the goal of the Russia-backed ads was to help elect Donald Trump.

The ads appeared in search results of Google or on websites excluding its own network of sites.

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

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Facebook identified 150 ads bought by Russian-linked accounts on #Instagram to interfere in the past year presidential election, Fox News reported. Google did not deny the story, and in a statement pointed to its existing ad policies that limit political ad targeting and prohibit targeting based on race or religion. 'Destroy our democracy' Google, which runs the world's largest online advertising business, had largely evaded public or congressional scrutiny until now. Some posed as Black Lives Matter sympathizers critical of Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.

The CBC has recently put pressure on the company to provide more answers regarding Russian use of its platform.

Google has been invited to testify before both the House and Senate intelligence committees next month.

Investigators have previously concluded Russian companies with ties to the Kremlin bought at least $US100,000 ($128,912) in ads on Facebook, potentially reaching 10 million Americans.

"If Vladimir Putin is using Facebook or Google or Twitter to, in effect, destroy our democracy, the American people should know about it", Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) said on TV Monday. While Facebook and Twitter have confirmed plans to attend, Google has not.