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Facebook releases tool to let users see Russian content they've interacted with

25 December, 2017, 19:01 | Author: Kristen Ingram
  • So many Russian memes on Facebook so little time

Facebook revealed in September that about 470 fake accounts and pages tied to a Russian entity ran roughly 3,000 ads in the United States between 2015 and 2017.

The new tool is found in Facebook's Help Center, though you can go directly to it via this link. Some of the pages and accounts promoted the candidacy of Donald Trump and criticized his Democratic challenger, Hillary Clinton. It can't tell you if you were one of the people who saw this content because friends shared it in your news feed.

Last September, Facebook had in an official statement indicted Russian Federation of influencing the 2016 USA election won by President Donald Trump.

From the tool, you also have the option to log in with your Instagram account and make sure you didn't follow any fake accounts there either. To further clear your doubts and enforce its claims, the social media giant launched the new portal where you can see if you have engaged with Pages linked to Russian trolls.

New Facebook tool reveals if your account was a pawn in the Russian propaganda game

As many as 150 million users on Facebook and Instagram may have seen such Russian content aimed at deepening racial and social divisions between Americans around the time of the election.

But the company reversed course in September, with Facebook's chief security officer acknowledging in a blog post that roughly 3,000 ads that appeared on the network in 2016 were paid for by firms that "likely operated out of Russian Federation".

Some of those ads have since been made public.

"Do you not also have an obligation to let those folks know that that was a hoax, that - or at least inform them who was behind that sponsored advertisement", Rep. (D-Ala.) asked Facebook's general counsel Colin Stretch during the November House hearing. "This tool will be available for use by the end of the year in the Facebook Help Center", Facebook said. You'll either see a message saying you didn't follow any of the pages or you will get a list of the pages you followed as well as the date you followed them.

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