Facebook shared data on Russian interference with Google

Facebook shared data on Russian interference with Google
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Facebook shared some of its data regarding Russia's use of its platform to influence the 2016 election with Google, Recode reports.

Facebook shared profiles of Kremlin-linked accounts to help Google with its own investigation into whether Russia used its platforms to interfere in the vote.


It’s still unclear if Google has found evidence of Russian interference. Google said earlier this month that it had not found anything to suggest its advertising platform had been used to influence the election.

Facebook also shared similar data with Twitter to help with its internal investigation.

Google and Facebook declined to comment.

Recode also reports that Google is set to brief the lawmakers in the coming weeks on the findings of its investigation. A date for the testimony has not been set.

The news that Facebook is helping Google with its investigation comes a day after Twitter briefed both the House and Senate Intelligence Committees on its findings about Russian actors using its platform.

Twitter revealed that it found 201 accounts linked to Russian actors, 22 of which were linked to corresponding Facebook accounts.

But lawmakers are demanding more answers.

The Senate Intelligence Committee’s top Democrat, Sen. Mark WarnerMark Robert WarnerDustbin 2020: The best Dems who surely won’t get the nomination WikiLeaks says Senate panel requested Assange testimony for Russia probe Democrats find dead man’s signature on petition gathered by GOP volunteers MORE (Va.) hammered Twitter over its briefing, calling the scope of the company’s investigation “inadequate.”

Recode characterized Google’s investigation as broader than Twitter's.

Both the House and Senate Intelligence Committees are set to hold hearings on how Russian groups may have used social media to influence the election. Lawmakers have asked for representatives from Facebook, Google and Twitter to testify at the Nov. 1 hearing.