Published: Вс, Ноября 26, 2017
Tech | By Dwayne Harmon

Facebook Announces New Tool to Check "liked" Pages

Facebook Announces New Tool to Check

Facebook said that it'll roll out a new tool later this year that will help users determine if they've liked or followed a Russian propaganda account. US law enforcement believes APT28 is connected with Russian intelligence operations.

"It is important that people understand how foreign actors tried to sow division and mistrust using Facebook before and after the 2016 U.S. election", Facebook said in its announcement Wednesday.

Facebook added: "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 web page, though, would fall short of their demands that Facebook individually notify users about Russian propaganda posts or ads they were exposed to. The group reportedly used social media platforms such as Facebook and Twitter to post politically divisive content and misinformation created to sow discord and influence political opinion during the 2016 election.

Facebook is developing a tool that will inform its users in the United States whether they are "liking" or have "liked" pages associated directly or indirectly with foreign agencies. On election day, about 10 million saw ads purchased by the Kremlin, the company has said. Facebook did not say if it plans to update the portal in the future if it discovers more Internet Research Agency accounts or similar schemes run by other organizations.

Facebook estimates that close to 150 million Americans may have been exposed to content from the Internet Research Agency between June 2015 and August 2017 on Facebook and Instagram.

The accounts were active during the U.S. Presidential campaign and published a number of politically charged messages.

It was not clear if Facebook would eventually do more, such as sending individualized notifications to users.

Representative Adam Schiff, a Democrat, called it a "very positive step" and said lawmakers look forward to additional steps by tech companies to improve transparency.

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