Facebook to let users know if they followed Russian pages


Much of the content was of a nationalist or xenophobic character whose development and promotion is linked to the Russian Internet Research Agency.

It is building a tool to let people see whether they had followed now-deleted pages made by the Russia-based Internet Research Agency. 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.

"It is important that people understand how foreign actors tried to sow division and mistrust using Facebook before and after the 2016 USA election", the company said in a statement.

Facebook will launch the new tool in December. Users will also be able to see when they followed the account. And it provides little information to those users who did follow the pages. 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. Users may have seen content that spread organically or as a result of a paid ad. Facebook has argued that it's especially hard to be able to show that information.

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Facebook said in October that Russian operatives published about 80,000 posts on the platform between 2015 and 2017, exposing more than 120 million Americans to propaganda that zeroed in on divisive issues such as racial tensions and gun rights.

California Democratic Rep. Adam Schiff, who is the Ranking Member of the House Intelligence Committee, called Facebook's move a "very positive step". Russian Federation denies any involvement in the U.S. elections.

Facebook previously announced that in an effort to increase transparency for advertisements in the future, it will make it possible to see what ads pages are running as well as require confirmation of people's identities before they may buy USA election ads.

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