Watchdog calls Sep 8 political ads on Google, Facebook intrusion
MOSCOW, Sep 9 (PRIME) Ц Facebook, Google and YouTube have interfered into RussiaТs internal affairs by publishing banned political advertisements on September 8, a single voting day, the Russian communications service said late on Sunday in a statement and called the actions inadmissible.
УThe revealed facts of violations will be handed over for consideration to a parliamentary commission on investigation of foreign interference into internal affairs of the Russian Federation,Ф the authorityТs press secretary Vadim Ampelonsky said.
A situation when automatic advertising tools of Google and Facebook are used for distribution of political advertisements on the day the Russian law calls as the day of silence is frequent, he said.
УLast year we worked with the companies on similar situations. Recommendations to exclude their advertising tools from distribution of political campaigns in the periods when it is banned by law were sent to them. Unfortunately, such recommendations were ignored,Ф Ampelonsky said.
A State Duma commission member Andrei Isayev said the body will invite officials from Google and Facebook. УWeТre ready to discuss everything openly,Ф he said.
Andrei Klimov, head of the Federation CouncilТs committee on protection of state sovereignty, said, УWe have a well-established mechanism of communication with representatives of these companies. Anyway, it will be an object of serious consideration by the commission.Ф
He said he personally saw political calls to vote against certain candidates on Russian-speaking channel Euronews on September 8. УWeТll deal with all who breach laws of the Russian Federation,Ф Klimov said.