>> First Facebook and Twitter and now new revelations that Russian operatives working to sway the 2016 elections, spent tens of thousands of dollars placing ads using online power Google and its massive video site, YouTube. The new details first reported by the Washington Post, show Russia leveraged Google's status as the world's largest online advertising business and point to a wider network of operatives than previously known.
Dustin Volz is reporting the story.>> The Google news today is interesting, because it appears that the actor that was behind some of the Facebook and Twitter activity, this sort of troll farm in St. Petersburg, known as the Internet Research Agency is not the same group to be behind the Google effort.
So this actually suggests perhaps, that there are more entities out there that were working on these platforms. And that it may be far broader than what we already know about the efforts that have come to light so far.>> One of the most pressing questions? Why are the revelations only coming out now?
>> Certainly one of the central questions here for Google and the other companies is, what took them so long to identify these apparent Russian efforts to purchase ads? That's been almost a year now since the election, and we're still just sort of learning drips and drabs more information about this.
>> The new revelations come as the investigation by former FBI head Robert Muller, looks into possible collusion with Russia by the Trump campaign. And the disclosures on Google's role likely to intensify scrutiny on Capitol Hill, where Google executives have been invited to testify on November first. Google released this statement that it has ad policies in place that limit political content and prohibit targeting based on race or religion.
And it says it will cooperate fully with inquiries into Russian interference.