Facebook has announced the creation of a new portal that will allow users to see what dubious pages created by Russian operatives they may have followed, liked or interacted with during the 2016 U.S. presidential election.
"It is important that people understand how foreign actors tried to sow division and mistrust using Facebook before and after the 2016 United States election", Facebook said in its announcement Wednesday.
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Facebook Inc said on Wednesday it would build a web page to allow users to see which Russian propaganda accounts they have liked or followed, after US lawmakers demanded that the social network be more open about the reach of the accounts. "This is part of our ongoing effort to protect our platforms and the people who use them from bad actors who try to undermine our democracy", the company said in a statement.
There's now no way to tell if a page or account was created by a troll, such as the Internet Research Agency, the Russian firm that created fake US accounts to spread misinformation and prompt controversy by engaging in hot-button topics such as gun laws and immigration.
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The allegation that Russian Federation had interfered in the US presidential elections has been a huge controversy among the political circles in Washington. The platform is now acknowledging that Russian Federation may have used its platform to influence the USA elections. As a result, Facebook is now planning to release a tool through which users can find out if they personally were influenced by Russian "fake news" during the campaign.
The Internet Research Agency, was the mastermind behind over a thousand fake accounts spread out over popular social media interphases such as Instagram, Twitter, and of course, Facebook. Democratic Senator Richard Blumenthal also called on the tech giants to alert consumers if they were exposed to the Russian-purchased content or ads. Facebook has confirmed that 29 million Americans saw Russian propaganda content on their newsfeed, while 126 million shared posts. The tool applies to users who followed or liked those accounts.
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