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No evidence of Russian interference in Brexit referendum, says YouTube


REUTERS
WASHINGTON
YouTube found no evidence of Russian interference in the 2016 Brexit referendum, a senior executive told a British parliamentary committee inquiry into fake news.
Britain's Digital, Media, Culture and Sport Committee is taking evidence on Thursday at George Washington University as part of its inquiry.
Juniper Downs, YouTube's global head of public policy, said the Google division found"no evidence of Russian interference in the Brexit referendum."
Relations between Russia and Britain are strained. British Prime Minister Theresa May last year accused Moscow of military aggression and said there was evidence of Russia's meddling in foreign elections.
The Kremlin, which under Vladimir Putin has clawed back some of the global influence lost when the Soviet Union collapsed, has denied meddling in elections in the West. It says anti-Russian hysteria is sweeping through the United States and Europe.
Britain says it has not seen any evidence that Russia interfered in British elections, though May has said it has planted fake news stories and photo-shopped images in an attempt to sow discord and undermine the West.

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