Facebook Inc said on Wednesday it would build a web page to allow users to see which Russian propaganda accounts they have liked or followed, after USA lawmakers demanded that the social network be more open about the reach of the accounts. For example, Russians created Facebook events for rallies around pro-Trump policies like anti-immigration.
Facebook will release the tool by the end of the year through the Facebook Help Center, and the new portal will specifically show pages and Instagram accounts created by the Internet Research Agency between January 2015 and August 2017.
When this tool will be available wasn't stated, nor further details about it such as whether all users will be pointed toward it. And more than 140 million people on Facebook and Instagram potentially saw Russian-sent stories because friends interacted with them. In September, Facebook agreed to give Congress copies of all of the ads that were bought by Russian groups, and last month the company pledged to be more transparent about the sources of its ads.
The Internet Research Agency is a Kremlin-linked troll farm that spent $US100,000 ($132,198) to promote posts on Facebook during the United States election.
"It is important that people understand how foreign actors tried to sow division and mistrust using Facebook before and after the 2016 USA election", Facebook said while announcing the update to their online support system.
Exciting news for Facebook users. Blumenthal sent a letter calling on Facebook to find a way to alert its users, setting Wednesday as a deadline for the company to take action.
Having admitted that Russian Federation bought ads on the site, Facebook is now developing a tool that will enable users to determine if they interacted with the Internet Research Agency - the propaganda company also known as the Trolls from Olgino.
Facebook, Alphabet Inc's Google and Twitter Inc are facing a backlash after saying Russians used their services to anonymously spread divisive messages among Americans in the run-up to the 2016 USA elections.
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.