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Google supports US efforts to disclose buyers of online political ads

SAN FRANCISCO: Alphabet Inc’s Google unit told U.S. election regulators in a letter seen by a UK wire service that it “strongly supports” tightening rules on online political advertising as part of efforts to curtail “foreign abuse and influence” in elections. Federal lawmakers have criticized Google, Facebook Inc and Twitter Inc for not doing enough to identify and block Russian agents from buying ads on their services. U.S. authorities say the ads were intended to influence voters during the 2016 presidential election.…