New Facebook tool will tell you if you've fallen for Russian propaganda

New Facebook tool will tell you if you've fallen for Russian propaganda”

Facebook, Alphabet Inc.'s Google and Twitter Inc. appeared in early November for hours of congressional testimony to explain how Russian Federation used the platforms to manipulate USA citizens.

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 United States lawmakers demanded that the social network be more open about the reach of the accounts.

Facebook says it will show users if they followed or "liked" Russian Federation propaganda accounts on its service or on Instagram.

The social network said it will roll out a new web portal in its online Help Centre that will list now-deleted pages linked to the Russia-based Internet Research Agency that users may have followed or liked.

Last month, Facebook revealed that people in Russian Federation had published thousands of posts via Facebook that were seen by up to 126 million Americans before and after Donald Trump's election win - with millions more Instagram users having also seen similar content. Facebook has since deactivated the accounts.

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"This 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", Facebook said in a blog post. But it won't show users if they merely saw - or even "liked" - posts from those pages. U.S. lawmakers have separately published some posts.

It's Facebook's most direct effort to explain to users how they may have been affected by the IRA's postings, which reached an estimated 150 million people and stirred up controversy over gun rights, immigration, race relations and religion in the USA, sometimes prompting real-world protests on both sides of a debate.

Lawmakers at congressional hearings this month suggested that Facebook might have an obligation to notify people who accessed deceptive foreign government material.

"I hope that Google and Twitter will follow Facebook's lead", said U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal, a Democrat from CT and a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Rep. Adam Schiff, a California Democrat, called the move a "very positive step" in a statement.

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