Science

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.

More news: Iron Mountain (IRM) Receives News Sentiment Rating of 0.16

"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.



Like this

loading...
loading...

Latest


23 November 2017
Thiel sells bulk of remaining holdings in Facebook
Facebook Inc shares were trading at $180.56 per share on Wednesday afternoon, down $1.30 (-0.71%). Thiel sold 160,805 shares for about $29M, leaving 59,913 shares.

23 November 2017
Met Office Warns Floods, Wind And Snow Will Batter Britain
The Met office chief forecaster said: "Snow is expected to develop across parts of Scotland early on Thursday". It comes as Lancaster and Galgate, in Lancashire, were affected by serious flooding overnight.

23 November 2017
Workers 'face two lost decades without earnings growth'
Average earnings look like they will be almost £1,400 a year lower than forecast back then, still below their 2008 level. Prime Minister Theresa May insisted Hammond's job was safe after what she told reporters yesterday: "Yes".

23 November 2017
Hot Tickers: Performance Food Group Company (PFGC), Dextera Surgical Inc. (DXTR)
Performance Food Group Company (PFGC ) now has 104640 shares outstanding, which means that its market capitalization is $2.94B. The stock of Performance Food Group Co (NYSE:PFGC) has "Outperform" rating given on Tuesday, October 27 by Macquarie Research.

23 November 2017
Naga Chaitanya celebrates birthday on sets of 'Savyasachi'
The film is produced by Mythri Movie Makers with MM Keeravani giving the music for the film. She posted a picture from their wedding and captioned, "Happy birthday my Everything".

23 November 2017
Team India pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar marries Nupur Nagar
Another pacer said his wedding vows as well was former Indian cricketer Zaheer Khan who married Bollywood actress Sagarika Ghatge. Bhuvneshwar's wedding reception is expected to be held in Bulandshahar on November 26 and on November 30 in New Delhi.

23 November 2017
Stock Jumping Abnormally High: Brinker International, Inc. (EAT)
Vanguard Gp Inc accumulated 180.73M shares. 71,500 are owned by Susquehanna Interest Grp Llp. 66,000 are held by Clark Estates Ny. More important recent Brinker International, Inc. (NYSE:EAT) traded down $1.07 during trading on Tuesday, reaching $34.11.

23 November 2017
Featured Stock for Investors: Synergy Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (SGYP)
Market worth or Market capitalization is calculated by multiplying the price of a stock by its total number of outstanding shares. Finally, Pictet Asset Management Ltd. increased its holdings in shares of Synergy Pharmaceuticals by 30.8% in the third quarter.

23 November 2017
Sheena Bora murder case: Peter cries foul over Indrani's allegations
The CBI said that Indrani Mukerjea had made all the efforts, after abduction and killing of Sheena, to destroy the evidence. The agency said that the cross examination is at a crucial stage and Indrani wanted to shift the focus from Shyamvar Rai.

23 November 2017
Is COSCO SHIPPING International (Hong Kong) Co., Ltd. (SEHK:517) Undervalued?
The Free Cash Flow Yield 5 Year Average of COSCO SHIPPING International (Hong Kong) Co., Ltd. (SEHK:517) is 449431.000000. Joseph Piotroski developed the F-Score which employs nine different variables based on the company financial statement.