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Facebook will tell users if they followed Russian pages

26 November 2017, 12:58 | Yvette Williams

Facebook has more than two billion active users globally

Facebook has more than two billion active users globally

Facebook announced that users would soon be able to scan their "likes" to check if they had chanced upon any pages linked to the foreign operatives that spread propaganda during the USA presidential election in 2016.

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.

The company has now made a decision to build a tool which will allow users to find out if they were following the pages created by the Russia-based Internet Research Agency.

Facebook will launch the new tool in December. As a result, Facebook is now planning to release a tool through which users can find out if they personally were influenced by Russian "fake news" during the campaign.

The move by Facebook to allow users to see if they liked or followed pages created by the Kremlin-linked Internet Research Agency is a very positive step. 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.

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You could soon see whether you interacted with Russian propaganda on Facebook and Instagram during the 2016 election.

USA lawmakers have criticized the tech firms for not doing more to detect the alleged election meddling, which the Russian government denies involvement in.

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.

Russian interference is now known to be widespread, going beyond Facebook and affecting Twitter and Google as well.

As many as 126 million people could have been served posts on Facebook and 20 million on Instagram, the company says. The companies have yet to respond to similar requests, according to Blumenthal.

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