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Facebook To Inform Users If They Fell For Russian Election Propaganda

25 November 2017, 01:01 | Yvette Williams

Facebook will show which Russian election troll accounts you followed

Facebook will help some users figure out if they saw Russian propaganda during the 2016 US presidential election

In addition to creating the bogus accounts, which were designed to spread misinformation and influence USA voters, Facebook said the Kremlin-linked Internet Research Agency spent $100,000 on over 3000 ads displayed around the time of the election.

Just last week, Facebook announced that it will add 'trust indicators' to combat the spreading of false information.

Facebook stated "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".

Facebook on Wednesday said it would let some of its users see whether they liked or followed pages belonging to Russia-linked operatives that sought to sow political divisiveness around the 2016 U.S. presidential election. It's set to arrive in the Facebook Help Center by the end of the year.

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"The is part of our ongoing effort to protect our platforms and the people who use them from bad actors who try to undermine our democracy". Perhaps more than 140 million - on Facebook and Instagram combined - might have been served a story produced by dubious Russian sources as a result of their friends interacting with that content.

The web page will show only a list of accounts, not the posts or ads affiliated with them, according to a mock-up. But this is the first attempt to notify individual Facebook users that they were exposed to the content.

Facebook did not immediately respond to Ars' request for comment. Richard Blumenthal, a Democrat, who wrote Facebook and its peers a letter in November stressing they had to tell their users if they "may have been unwitting participants" in the Kremlin's efforts.

Facebook has been under intense scrutiny for the role its platform played in the election. It also takes a step forward into the transparency and decisive action that Congress has demanded from the social media site since the allegations came about.

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