Facebook's new tool reveals any Russian propaganda account you liked or followed

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

Facebook estimates that some 140 million users may have viewed Russian fake news in their Newsfeed or on its subsidiary, Instagram before and during the last USA election.

"I appreciate Facebook's stated commitment to addressing this pernicious problem, but much more is necessary to protect against the kind of destructive disinformation campaign Russian Federation mounted during the last election", Blumenthal said in a statement emailed to The Hill on Friday. Most of these propaganda related posts, according to TNW, were centered on gun control, LGBTQ issues, race and religion.

It shows users to see whether they engaged with Facebook pages or Instagram accounts linked to the Internet Research Agency between January 2015 and the August before last year's presidential election.

Some promoted the candidacy of Donald Trump and criticized his Democratic challenger, Hillary Clinton. The tool is also limited to pages associated with the Internet Research Agency (IRA) and doesn't include other fake news purveyors.

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"The social media campaign was also created to further a broader Kremlin objective: sowing discord in the U.S.by inflaming passions on a range of divisive issues", Schiff said during a November hearing.

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To date, most of the known content was created by the Internet Research Agency, a Kremlin-linked group that to influence the 2016 US presidential election.

Microsoft and Twitter also agreed to participate in the "Trust Project" with some 75 news organizations to tag news stories which meet standards for ethics and transparency.

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The tool, available here, details Facebook's action plan for "protecting legitimate political discussion within our community and fighting foreign interference in elections".

Google, Twitter and Facebook have come under fire for allowing the spread of bogus news - some of which was directed by Russian Federation - ahead of the 2016 United States election and in other countries. Some appeared to target progressive and leftist communities, specifically Black Lives Matter and groups opposed to police brutality, while a small number of the Russian ads were explicitly anti-Trump - such as one from three days after the election that urged Trump opponents to stage a protest against him in New York City. Simply log in to your account, go to this page, and you'll be told whether or not you liked any Russian propaganda during the campaign.

'I've expressed how upset I am that the Russians tried to use our tools to sow mistrust, ' Zuckerberg said earlier this month.

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