Published: Sun, November 26, 2017
Tech | By Constance Martin

Facebook to let users see if they 'liked' Russian accounts

Facebook to let users see if they 'liked' Russian accounts

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 USA presidential election.

This comes as Facebook's most direct effort to address its fake news/accounts problem, or more specifically, how normal users may have been affected by the IRA's make-believe accounts.

Facebook has announced it will be making a portal that will allow users to find out if they liked pages or followed Instagram accounts made by the Internet Research Agency, the Russian internet company that was exposed after the 2016 election.

"Personally, I think the idea that fake news on Facebook. influenced the election in any way is a pretty insane idea", he said.

"This tool will be available for use by the end of the year in the Facebook Help Center", it added.

We will remind, earlier accused the Agency to study the Internet from St. Petersburg to the spread of misinformation, aimed at splitting the American society before the presidential elections.

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Russian interference is now known to be widespread, going beyond Facebook and affecting Twitter and Google as well.

"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", the company wrote in a blog post. The platform is now acknowledging that Russian Federation may have used its platform to influence the United States elections. On Election Day alone on 8 November 2016, about 10 million people saw the Russian-bought ads on Facebook, the social media firm said.

What they're not doing: Telling users whether they were exposed to content from the pages in their Newsfeed, even if they didn't follow them.

As many as 126 million people could have been served posts on Facebook and 20 million on Instagram, the company says.

The move by Facebook to allow users to see if they liked or followed pages created by the Kremlin-linked Internet Research Agency is a very positive step.

Senator Richard Blumenthal, a Democrat who had asked for notifications, said Facebook's plan "seems to be a serious response" to his request.

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