Facebook will tell users if they interacted with Russian propaganda

Facebook will tell users if they interacted with Russian propaganda

Facebook has said that 29 million Americans saw content created by Russian agents directly in their news feed, while 126 million shared posts that were shared or linked to by their friends, with that number rising to roughly 150 million when including Instagram.

On Wednesday, Facebook said that the new portal will be live before the end of the year, and is aimed at showing people how Russia-backed posts were targeted to cause social unrest.

Facebook is building out a tool to show which Facebook Pages or Instagram accounts associated with Russian Internet Research Agency election troll farm you Liked or followed.

The tool will mark the first step the company takes to actively help the individuals misled during the United States 2016 elections.

Facebook has reported the bulk of the alleged propaganda came from the Internet Research Agency, a Russian-based firm believed to have deep ties with the Kremlin.

Roughly 150 million of Facebook's users saw posts shared by pages belonging to the Russian propaganda organisation known as the Internet Research Agency, Facebook previously told United States investigators.

FacebookA Facebook press release on the company's plan to increase the transparency in advertising on the site
FacebookA Facebook press release on the company's plan to increase the transparency in advertising on the site

FACEBOOK IS BUILDING a tool created to show people if they interacted with politically-motivated propaganda on the social network in the run-up, and aftermath, of the USA election. It also requires people find out themselves if they followed/Liked any of these accounts, rather than Facebook notifying them.

"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 post reads.

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

Both Facebook and its rival Twitter have since deleted the Russia-linked accounts.

Representative Adam Schiff, a California Democrat, called it a "very positive step" and said lawmakers look forward to additional steps by tech companies to improve transparency.

It's "much more challenging" to reliably tell people if they were exposed on an individual basis, Facebook General Counsel Colin Stretch told Congress earlier this month. According to experts who have studied disinformation campaigns, that accounts for only a tiny sliver of the people Facebook estimate were affected by content Russian posted online.

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