Feb 8, 2018 - Technology

YouTube: No evidence of Russian meddling in Brexit

A pro-Brexit sticker reads "Vote Leave"

A pro-brexit sticker. Photo: Matt Cardy/Getty Images

YouTube's global policy head, Juniper Downs, said Thursday the company hadn't found evidence of interference by Russian operators during the Brexit vote. "We have conducted a thorough investigation around the Brexit referendum and found no evidence of interference," she said.

Why it matters: The comments came as Downs was grilled by British lawmakers, who have come to Washington for a lengthy hearing with American tech companies as part of its probe into fake news.

The big picture: The big tech companies have yet to put Russian interference in 2016 behind them, with active congressional probes in the United States and Special Counsel Robert Mueller reportedly digging deeper into Russia's use of social media.

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