Duped by Russian disinformation campaign? Facebook says this tool will tell you

Posted December 25, 2017

The new tool, which first made its entry last November, is designed with features that will help you discover if you were inadvertently used by the so-called Russian propaganda loyalists to spread fake news.

"As part of that continuing commitment, we will soon be creating 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".

Facebook released a new tool Friday that lets users check whether they fell for propaganda accounts or pages linked to Russian Federation 's attempts to undermine the 2016 election through its "Internet Research Agency".

Facebook has said that an estimated 150 million people on Facebook and its subsidiary, Instagram, saw ads that were created and paid for by a Russian propaganda firm.

Although there's a general consensus that the Russian government preferred Donald Trump over Hillary Clinton in the presidential election, the ads that Russian operators bought, which you can view here, were not uniformly pro-Trump.

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"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.

However, the tool won't tell you if friends shared the content, and will not show you the content posted by the accounts or pages - only a list of the content.

'It is important that people understand how foreign actors tried to sow division and mistrust using Facebook before and after the 2016 United States election, ' the leading online social network said in a blog post earlier this year when it first announced the tool.

As for the tool Facebook released Friday, it's rather straightforward.

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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To figure out if you were a victim of "fake news" during the election go to this Facebook page.

Facebook committed to additional steps against misinformation on its platform in recent months.

'Our community continues to grow and our business is doing well, ' Zuckerberg said.

Facebook told Congress that the apparent political meddling included use of its image-sharing application Instagram.

Facebook, however, previously pledged to unveil it before year's end. 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.

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'What they did is wrong and we are not going to stand for it'.