Did YOU fall for Russian propaganda? Facebook can tell you

Did YOU fall for Russian propaganda? Facebook can tell you

Meaning, if you Liked a status or followed a page from your friends' Newsfeed, Facebook's tool is utterly useless.

Now the tech firm is letting users check if they liked or followed a Facebook page or Instagram account created by that Russian entity - the Internet Research Agency.

"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. Some of the pages and accounts 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".

Facebook's new service also doesn't allow users to check if they saw some of the roughly 3,000 election-timed ads purchased by Russia's notorious trolls, known as the Internet Research Agency.

Moreover, although many discussions about the 2016 election have focused on the preponderance of "fake news", the ads Russian Federation bought didn't contain much in the way of news, real or fake.




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.

But only a small slice of those 140 million affected users can actually take advantage of Facebook's new tool, which it first previewed in November.

Russian use of Facebook and other platforms like Twitter and YouTube to interfere in the 2016 elections has drawn close scrutiny from lawmakers, who at the beginning of November grilled the firms' top lawyers during a public Senate Intelligence Committee hearing.

Facebook has said it would be "challenging" to find and notify every single user that may have seen content or ads generated by Russian agents. You'll either see a message saying you didn't follow any of the pages or you will get a list of the pages you followed as well as the date you followed them.

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