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Russian election meddling: Should tech giants have known?

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In this Wednesday, Nov. 1, 2017, file photo, from left, Facebook's General Counsel Colin Stretch, Twitter's Acting General Counsel Sean Edgett, and Google's Senior Vice President and General Counsel Kent Walker, are sworn in for a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing on Russian election activity and technology, on Capitol Hill in Washington. There were signs, some say telltale signs, of Russians using social media to meddle in the U.S. elections long before tech companies wised up to it. Could Facebook, Google and Twitter have caught the abuse earlier? (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)

NEW YORK (AP) — There were signs, some say telltale signs, of Russians using social media to meddle in last year’s U.S. elections long before tech companies wised up to it. Red flags included payments in rubles for ads on hot-button, divisive issues targeted at Americans.