Facebook creates tool that lets users see whether they 'liked' Russian propaganda

Facebook creates tool that lets users see whether they 'liked' Russian propaganda

About 29 million U.S. users saw content in their News Feeds produced by the Internet Research Agency, according to Facebook.

In the weeks since Facebook disclosed the discovery of these Russia-linked pages, it has become clear that many people on the social network saw them and many "liked" them or posts made by them.

"During our open hearing with Facebook, Twitter and Google earlier this month, we asked them to notify their users if they had been targeted by or seen content as part of the Russian active measures campaign", Schiff said in a statement.

Facebook, Alphabet Inc.'s Google and Twitter Inc. are facing a backlash after saying Russians used their services to anonymously spread divisive messages among Americans in the run-up to the 2016 US elections.

In the coming weeks, the social giant plans to roll out a new tool so that users can check if they followed or "Liked" pages and accounts - on both Facebook and Instagram - that the Kremlin quietly set up over the past two years in order to sow social and political unrest, the company announced Wednesday.

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Based on the screenshot provided by Facebook, it appears that only the pages and accounts created by the Internet Research Agency will be displayed when you access the portal, not the specific pieces of content.

The company said: "It is important that people understand how foreign actors tried to sow division and mistrust using Facebook before and after the 2016 U.S. election".

After strong backlash from the public on promoting Russian propaganda matter, Facebook has finally moved to resolve these issue. Facebook has since deactivated the accounts.

The tool, as it's been presented by Facebook at this stage, will only show whether people "Liked" or followed Facebook Pages or Instagram accounts connected to the IRA.

The tool is an attempt to fend of accusations that it is being secretive about the reach of fake Russian accounts, and that people are still unaware of what they have seen. The search would also be limited to the January 2015 - August 2017 timeframe. Facebook has said 29 million Americans saw Russian troll content directly shared to their feeds, but 126 million total saw posts including reshares, with 10 million seeing ads.

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