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Facebook releases tool to let users see Russian content they've interacted with

25 December 2017, 05:30 | Jermaine Blake

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Facebook’s new tool tells if you were duped by Russian trolls during 2016 election

The agency is seen as a Russian resource for spreading propaganda online, and almost 150 million Facebook and Instagram users may have seen paid ads and organic posts distributed by the Kremlin-linked organization in St. Petersburg. Actually, some of those Pages have now been deleted, but you should still be able to get valuable information on how your account was used to meddle in the last election won by Donald Trump. Most of these propaganda related posts, according to TNW, were centered on gun control, LGBTQ issues, race and religion.

Now the tech firm is letting users check if they liked or followed a Facebook page or Instagram account created by that Russian entity - the Internet Research Agency.

"Do you not also have an obligation to let those folks know that that was a hoax, that - or at least inform them who was behind that sponsored advertisement", Rep. (D-Ala.) asked Facebook's general counsel Colin Stretch during the November House hearing.

Facebook's new service also doesn't allow users to check if they saw some of the roughly 3,000 election-timed ads purchased by Russia's notorious trolls, known as the Internet Research Agency.

"The social media campaign was also created to further a broader Kremlin objective: sowing discord in the U.S.by inflaming passions on a range of divisive issues", Schiff said during a November hearing.

Moreover, although many discussions about the 2016 election have focused on the preponderance of "fake news", the ads Russian Federation bought didn't contain much in the way of news, real or fake.

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As for the tool Facebook released Friday, it's rather straightforward.

Google, Twitter and Facebook have come under fire for allowing the spread of bogus news - some of which was directed by Russian Federation - ahead of the 2016 U.S. election and in other countries.

'Our community continues to grow and our business is doing well, ' Zuckerberg said. It only displays interaction that came directly from one of the accounts or Pages set up by Russian operatives on Instagram or Facebook.

Facebook has said it would be "challenging" to find and notify every single user that may have seen content or ads generated by Russian agents.

'I've expressed how upset I am that the Russians tried to use our tools to sow mistrust, ' Zuckerberg said earlier this month.



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