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Facebook to Help Users Figure Out If They Saw Russian Propaganda

Facebook to Help Users Figure Out If They Saw Russian Propaganda
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By    |   Wednesday, 22 November 2017 02:10 PM

Facebook announced Wednesday that it will create a tool to allow users to find out what Facebook or Instagram accounts are sponsored by Russia's Internet Research Agency.

"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," the social media company wrote in a blog post. "This tool will be available for use by the end of the year in the Facebook Help Center."

Facebook revealed last month that as many as 126 million people saw Russian-linked posts on its platform between 2015 and August 2017.

"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 added. "That's why as we have discovered information, we have continually come forward to share it publicly and have provided it to congressional investigators. And it's also why we're building the tool we are announcing today."

Facebook general counsel Colin Stretch said on Capitol Hill last month, according to Recode, "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."

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Facebook announced Wednesday that it will create a tool to allow users to find out what Facebook or Instagram accounts are sponsored by Russia's Internet Research Agency.
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