Thursday, 18 January, 2018

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

Facebook’s new tool tells if you were duped by Russian trolls during 2016 election A new Facebook tool tells users if they interacted with
Wallace Pearson | 25 December, 2017, 17:31

Facebook has launched a new tool that will help you to find out how vulnerable you were during the last United States election.

"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. It works by scanning previous posts in an attempt to link them to propaganda Pages.

As NCRM has reported, Facebook told Congress in September that Russian operatives had purchased over $100,000 in ads ahead of the 2016 presidential election.

Because the feature only reveals if users directly liked or followed pages on Facebook or Instagram, it won't alert users who viewed the propaganda on their news feeds or read the articles without actively following the accounts.

The accounts spread posts on race, religion, gun rights, gay rights, immigration and other hot-button issues. Ads were allegedly bought and used to sow seeds of discord among the two major political parties, which further caused unrest and affected morale in the entire democratic process. The pages you liked or followed will be displayed in the middle of the page.

Last September, Facebook had in an official statement indicted Russian Federation of influencing the 2016 USA election won by President Donald Trump.

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.

Have you checked out the tool and were you surprised by the results?

The tool can be accessed from Facebook's Help Center and shows not only the pages and accounts that the company believes are run by the Internet Research Agency but also the dates of your interactions with them.

Facebook, however, previously pledged to unveil it before year's end.

During a quarterly earnings call with analysts this month, Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg addressed criticism over allowing disinformation and manipulation during the USA presidential election, just hours after the company's top lawyer faced a grilling at a Washington congressional hearing. Facebook said it has not withheld information from everyone as part of plans to prevent a reoccurrence.

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