Facebook To Inform Users If They Fell For Russian Election Propaganda

Fb will soon release a tool that will lets users see if they enjoyed or followed any Russian propaganda during the 2016 election, the technology giant announced   Wednesday.

The device will reveal to users whether they interacted with Facebook or Instagram balances operated by the Internet Research Company, a St . Petersburg-based company thought to have been employed by the Kremlin in order to spread political messages throughout the selection.

The particular tool will apply only to articles users may have interacted with in between January 2015 and August 2017. Facebook expects to roll this out by the end of the year.  

“ It is important that people understand how foreign stars tried to sow division and doubtfulness using Facebook before and after the 2016 US election, ” the company stated in its announcement.  

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Fb CEO Mark Zuckerberg once stated concerns about Facebook’s role within the 2016 election were “crazy. inch

In September,   Facebook exposed that a likely Russian-based operation invested $100, 000 on thousands of ads promoting divisive political messages which it had since deleted the particular accounts posting them. More than  half of almost all eligible voters   within the U. S. were exposed to that will Russian propaganda between January 2015 and August 2017.

In a single case , Russians masqueraded upon Facebook as both a pro-Islam group and an anti-Islam team, then scheduled opposing rallies on a single day in the same area of Houston.  

Facebook’ s admission lent credence to U. S. intelligence company findings that Russia meddled within the 2016 election ― a breakthrough that President Donald Trump offers emphatically denied   as federal government investigations into the matter continue.  

Yet even before revelations about the Facebook advertisements emerged, the tech company came under scrutiny for allowing false info from illegitimate websites to grow on the site during the election. While Fb founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg dismissed concerns that this played a task in the election results as “ crazy, ”   he afterwards walked back those comments, stating, “ This is too important a problem to be dismissive. ”