Google Claims It Knew CfA Ad Buy Didn’t Originate from Russian IRA

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A Washington-based watchdog group, the Campaign for Accountability, is reporting that it was able to post a series of ads on Google sites that emulated the activities of Russian trolls.  The ads used divisive images and wording taken from or inspired by similar ads that ran during the 2016 presidential election and they were purchased using Rubles from an account ostensibly based in Russia. According to the group, Google accepted the ads through its Adwords network and ran most of them, although two were rejected.  But it turns out that there’s more to the story than just Google versus the Russians.

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