Facebook to alert users influenced by fake Russian accounts

Facebook to launch tool that tells users if they’ve fallen for Russian propaganda

Facebook to launch tool that tells users if they’ve fallen for Russian propaganda

"This tool will be available for use by the end of the year in the Facebook Help Center", it added.

Facebook Inc said on Wednesday it would build a web page to allow users to see which Russian propaganda accounts they have liked or followed, after USA lawmakers demanded that the social network be more open about the reach of the accounts.

Facebook will launch a new online tool that it said will let users see whether they followed Russia-linked accounts or contents disguised as U.S. users, media reports said Thursday.

In 2016, the company announced that it undercounted the traffic of some publishers and for more than a year had over-reported time spent on Facebook's Instant Articles platform.

Facebook page checker tool
Facebook to let users see if they 'liked' Russian accounts

We will remind, earlier accused the Agency to study the Internet from St. Petersburg to the spread of misinformation, aimed at splitting the American society before the presidential elections. In April of this year, Facebook conducted another purge, removing tens of thousands of fake accounts that had liked media pages as part of a wider strategy to appear real while spamming users, and it removed 30,000 accounts allegedly tied to Russian influence operations in the run-up to the French national election in May.

What they're not doing: Telling users whether they were exposed to content from the pages in their Newsfeed, even if they didn't follow them. Users will also have to know the feature exists and how to access it - Facebook will not simply show the information to them on its own.

However, at a Congress hearing on November 1, a Facebook representative said: "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". Some specifically election-focused ads criticised Clinton and pitted her as Satan in a fight with Jesus.

The portal aims to provide a database of those potential pages and accounts that would have been liked or followed between January 2015 and August 2017, before and after the 2016 election.

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