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

25 December 2017, 05:33 | Ruben Stone

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Check to see if you liked or followed a Facebook Page or Instagram account created by the Internet Research Agency - the organization associated with these accounts and Pages.

The agency is seen as a Russian resource for spreading propaganda online, and almost 150 million Facebook and Instagram users may have seen paid ads and organic posts distributed by the Kremlin-linked organization in St. Petersburg. More than 3,000 ads posted on Facebook during the election were tied to Russian accounts. Most of these propaganda related posts, according to TNW, were centered on gun control, LGBTQ issues, race and religion.

Some promoted the candidacy of Donald Trump and criticized his Democratic challenger, Hillary Clinton. "Candidly, your companies know more about Americans than the United States government does and the idea that you had no idea that any of this was happening strains my credibility".

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

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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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One important note: The tool in question, which Facebook released Friday, will determine whether or not you clicked "like" on any ads or pages that were paid for by Russian operators.

The tool is a part of ongoing effort to help users understand how foreign actors tried to divide voters by sowing seeds of mistrust before and after the last U.S. election.

'But none of that matters if our services are used in ways that don't bring people closer together.

Facebook told Congress that the apparent political meddling included use of its image-sharing application Instagram. The pages you liked or followed will be displayed in the middle of the page. To further clear your doubts and enforce its claims, the social media giant launched the new portal where you can see if you have engaged with Pages linked to Russian trolls.

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

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