New Facebook tool will tell if you liked Russian propaganda

Did You'Like Russian Propaganda? Facebook Says It Will Clue You In

Facebook said the portal is part of its continuing effort to "protect" its platforms and users from "bad actors who try to undermine our democracy".

The data on Instagram is on top of the estimated 126 million Americans exposed to Facebook posts from Russian entities seeking to create divisions during the election campaign.

Roughly 150 million of Facebook's users saw posts shared by pages belonging to the Russian propaganda organisation known as the Internet Research Agency, Facebook previously told USA investigators.

Additionally, the tool puts the onus on users to visit the portal, and assumes they know it exists.

Some 126 million Americans were exposed to this content on Facebook, with 20 million more also seeing the controversial posts on Instagram, Facebook's top lawyer Colin Stretch told USA lawmakers last month.

Over a two-year period around the 2016 election, Facebook said that about 29 million U.S. users directly saw content in their News Feeds produced by the Internet Research Agency, the Kremlin's official troll army. 20 million Americans saw a combination of Russian troll ads and direct posts on Instagram.

Under pressure from Congress, Facebook has announced plans to let its users know if they followed or "liked" Russian Federation propaganda accounts on its service or on Instagram.

Facebook insists that it's already taking steps to strengthen its privacy policies in the US, partly in response to existing federal regulations.

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USA lawmakers called the announcement a positive step.

All three tech giants had until today to inform Blumenthal of their plans.

On Google, Russian actors purchased a small number of ads around the 2016 presidential election.

It will let users see Facebook pages or Instagram accounts they engaged with that are linked to the Internet Research Agency between January 2015 and August 2016.

Facebook has been under intense scrutiny for the role its platform played in the election.

"That's why as we have discovered information, we have continually come forward to share it publicly, and have provided it to congressional investigators".

The US-based company announced it would create a web page for its users to visit in order to find out if they liked or followed accounts with an alleged pro-Kremlin agenda.

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