Oh joy! Soon, Facebook will reveal what Russian propaganda you 'liked'

Oh joy! Soon, Facebook will reveal what Russian propaganda you 'liked'

Oh joy! Soon, Facebook will reveal what Russian propaganda you 'liked'

Facebook Inc. will show people which Russian propaganda pages or accounts they've followed and liked on the social network, responding to a request from US senators to address manipulation and meddling during the 2016 presidential election.

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Facebook's new tool for viewing propaganda ads is the latest salvo in a damage-control campaign by the company that kicked into high gear last month, when they were caught redacting references to Russian Federation from an April report on the way its platform was manipulated during the election.

Shortly after the election a year ago, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg downplayed the significance of the issue, referring to his platform helping manipulate the election as a "pretty insane idea".

In the weeks since Facebook disclosed the discovery of these Russia-linked pages, it has become clear that many people on the social network saw them and many "liked" them or posts made by them. Since then, his company has had to come forward with embarrassing details on its fake news problem and the massive number of users Russian propaganda reached.

On Wednesday, Facebook announced that it would create 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".

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The Internet Research Agency is a Russian company which promotes the Kremlin's interests through influence operations.

The tool will be available by the end of the year as "part of our ongoing effort to protect our platforms and the people who use them from bad actors who try to undermine our democracy", Facebook said.

California Democratic Rep. Adam Schiff, who is the Ranking Member of the House Intelligence Committee, called Facebook's move a "very positive step".

Facebook, Alphabet Inc's Google and Twitter Inc are facing a backlash after saying Russians used their services to anonymously spread divisive messages among Americans in the run-up to the 2016 US elections.

Having admitted that Russian Federation bought ads on the site, Facebook is now developing a tool that will enable users to determine if they interacted with the Internet Research Agency - the propaganda company also known as the Trolls from Olgino.

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