Did You Like Russian Propaganda On Facebook? This Tool Will Check

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Facebook has released a new tool to tell users if they liked or followed posts considered part of a Russian effort to meddle with last year's U.S. election. That tool is now live.

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.

This week, Facebook made that a little easier with a tool that lets you know if you liked art followed a page that has been since linked to Russian Federation.

"The social media campaign was also created to further a broader Kremlin objective: sowing discord in the U.S.by inflaming passions on a range of divisive issues", Schiff said during a November hearing. Its utility does not, however, extend to simply viewing or sharing content from the offending accounts. 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.

Google, Facebook and other tech firms joined global news organizations earlier this year in a major initiative aimed at identifying "trustworthy" news sources, in the latest effort to combat online misinformation.

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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.

The new tool, which first made its entry last November, is designed with features that will help you discover if you were inadvertently used by the so-called Russian propaganda loyalists to spread fake news.

Facebook announced the tool last month. Some appeared to target progressive and leftist communities, specifically Black Lives Matter and groups opposed to police brutality, while a small number of the Russian ads were explicitly anti-Trump - such as one from three days after the election that urged Trump opponents to stage a protest against him in New York City. 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.

'What they did is wrong and we are not going to stand for it'.

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