Facebook’s new tool reveals any Russian propaganda account you liked or followed

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Credit: https://newsroom.fb.com/news/2017/11/continuing-transparency-on-russian-activity/

Facebook has launched a new tool that will help you to find out how vulnerable you were during the last US election. The new tool is placed somewhere in the Help Center of the social networking site. It works by scanning previous posts in an attempt to link them to propaganda Pages. 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.

Facebook estimates that some 140 million users may have viewed Russian fake news in their Newsfeed or on its subsidiary, Instagram before and during the last US election. Most of these propaganda related posts, according to TNW, were centered on gun control, LGBTQ issues, race and religion. Ads were allegedly bought and used to sow seeds of discord among the two major political parties, which further caused unrest and affected morale in the entire democratic process.

The new tool, which first made its entry last November, is designed with features that will help you discover if you were inadvertently used by the so-called Russian propaganda loyalists to spread fake news. It will tell you if you inadvertently liked or followed such Pages.

Last September, Facebook had in an official statement indicted Russia of influencing the 2016 US election won by President Donald Trump. To further clear your doubts and enforce its claims, the social media giant launched the new portal where you can see if you have engaged with Pages linked to Russian trolls.

The portal will not only serve as tool to find out if you have been a victim of some Russian trolls, it will also serve to prevent a repeat anytime in the future.

“As part of that continuing commitment, we will soon be creating a portal to enable people on Facebook to learn which of the Internet Research Agency Facebook Pages or Instagram accounts they may have liked or followed between January 2015 and August 2017. This tool will be available for use by the end of the year in the Facebook Help Center,” Facebook said.

The tool is a part of ongoing effort to help users understand how foreign actors tried to divide voters by sowing seeds of mistrust before and after the last US election. Facebook said it has not withheld information from everyone as part of plans to prevent a reoccurrence.

Fake news and Russia were two dominant subjects before, during and after the last US presidential elections that ushered in President Trump. Facebook recently stepped up its fight against fake news. The company says it’s placing an embargo on fake news websites from buying its ads. Such companies or websites will no longer be able to promote disputed links through Facebook ads.

Facebook had announced back in August that it will send more potential fake news articles to fact checkers, and subsequently post the outcome of their findings below the original post.


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Author: Ola Ric

Ola Ric is a professional tech writer. He has written and provided tons of published articles for professionals and private individuals. He is also a social commentator and analyst, with relevant experience in the use of social media services.

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