Facebook will tell users if they followed Russian pages

26 November, 2017, 00:58 | Author: Alicia Barber
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"Personally, I think the idea that fake news on Facebook. influenced the election in any way is a pretty insane idea", he said.

Explaining its latest move in a blog post, Facebook wrote: "It is important that people understand how foreign actors tried to sow division and mistrust using Facebook before and after the 2016 U.S. election".

Facebook is developing a tool that will inform its users in the United States whether they are "liking" or have "liked" pages associated directly or indirectly with foreign agencies.

This comes as Facebook's most direct effort to address its fake news/accounts problem, or more specifically, how normal users may have been affected by the IRA's make-believe accounts.

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The feature, which Facebook said will be released by the year-end, will allow users to see if they interacted with certain pages created by the Internet Research Agency - a Russian Internet company, which was revealed as allegedly running fake campaign ads during the 2016 U.S. General Elections. The Russian outfit spread often-false propaganda that promoted Trump's candidacy and opposed Clinton's. The company, along with Twitter and Google, have faced pressure from lawmakers to be more transparent about how far the Russian ads, pages and propaganda spread on their platforms and who was exposed to it.

"A few weeks ago, we shared our plans to increase the transparency of advertising on Facebook".

"That's why, as we have discovered information, we have continually come forward to share it publicly and have provided it to congressional investigators". US lawmakers have separately published some posts. US law enforcement believes APT28 is connected with Russian intelligence operations. It won't work for users who saw posts from the accounts on their feed because a friend liked them or who saw them via paid advertisements.

The disclosures in 2016 led to a putative class action lawsuit, which was filed by a Facebook investor in January.

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