Google Election Inquiry Is Said to Focus on YouTube and Gmail


As part of a wide-ranging investigation into how Russian-linked operatives harnessed social media during the 2016 U.S. election, lawmakers are homing in on Google services including YouTube and Gmail.

The Senate has called Alphabet Inc.’s Google to testify Nov. 1, along with executives from Facebook . and Twitter. A U.S. House of Representatives panel, which is running its own probe, is focusing on any materials on Russian ad buying on Google, search engine manipulations, fake news and the potential uses of YouTube, according to two House committee members. Another target of the inquiry is Gmail, the committee members said.

Meanwhile, CNN reported late Tuesday that some Russian-linked ads published on Facebook targeted the key Midwestern states of Michigan and Wisconsin. The ads appeared to target demographic groups crucial to President Donald Trump’s victory, the network said, citing four people it didn’t identify.

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