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Duped by Russian disinformation campaign? Facebook says this tool will tell you

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.

It shows users to see whether they engaged with Facebook pages or Instagram accounts linked to the Internet Research Agency between January 2015 and the August before last year's presidential election.

During the last election cycle, Facebook estimates some 140 million users may have viewed Russian propaganda in their Newsfeed, or on Instagram.

The new tool by Facebook focuses exclusively on content supposed to have been created by the IRA, indicating if a person followed or liked a page or account that was controlled by it. Most of these propaganda related posts, according to TNW, were centered on gun control, LGBTQ issues, race and religion.

One important note: The tool in question, which Facebook released Friday, will determine whether or not you clicked "like" on any ads or pages that were paid for by Russian operators.

Some promoted the candidacy of Donald Trump and criticized his Democratic challenger, Hillary Clinton. "Candidly, your companies know more about Americans than the United States government does and the idea that you had no idea that any of this was happening strains my credibility". The tool follows a revelation made by Facebook in recent months: that Russian Federation was using its social media platform to manipulate the US's most recent presidential election.

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

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.

The tool, available here, details Facebook's action plan for "protecting legitimate political discussion within our community and fighting foreign interference in elections".

'But none of that matters if our services are used in ways that don't bring people closer together. It only shows you the content the Russian entity targeted at you directly.

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