Facebook will soon let you know if you're following propaganda pages


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.

Facebook is taking steps to help people understand how they may have been influenced by Russian propaganda profiles and pages across its properties.

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 United States election".

Facebook told Congress that the apparent political meddling included use of its image-sharing application Instagram.

US lawmakers earlier this month released a batch of Facebook ads they say were purchased by the company in a surreptitious effort to stir up emotions on sensitive social issues like gun control, race relations, immigration, and religion.

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. It will not help those who might have seen Russian propaganda because it appeared in their News Feeds as a result of their friends "liking" it. Recode also states that users who saw any of the approximately 3,000 ads purchased by the organization before the 2016 elections won't benefit from the portal either.

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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 United States election. That's important because paid reach and reshared posts by other users are how numerous 146 million Facebook and Instagram users encountered election interference content.

Both Facebook and its rival Twitter have since deleted the Russia-linked accounts. Activity between January 2015 and August 2017 will be tracked in particular, as a part of quashing the reported Russian interference during the 2016 U.S. Election.

Rep. Adam Schiff, a California Democrat, said in a statement that the move to create a portal is a "very positive step".

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.

"It's a much more challenging issue to identify and notify reliably people who may have been exposed to this content on an individual basis", said Colin Stretch, the company's general counsel, told the House Intelligence Committee earlier this month. That number goes up when you include content on Instagram.