Russians Made 1,100 YouTube Videos During US Election Cycle, Spent Money On Ads

More details about Russia's use of Google services during the 2016 US presidential election are coming out. A group linked to the government spent $4,700 on advertising as part of an influence campaign, says Google, and 18 separate YouTube channels uploaded 1,108 English-language videos.

Those videos included political and not-political content. Together they received 309,000 views during the election cycle.

Google referred to this activity from the Russia-linked group as "limited," though it is working "to prevent all of it, because there is no amount of interference that is acceptable."

Russia's ad buys were carried out by the Internet Research Agency, which is known to be a group of "professional trolls," according to the US government.