Facebook to alert users influenced by fake Russian accounts


In the weeks leading up to the 2016 USA election, Facebook shut down 5.8 million fake accounts in the United States.

The move will allow people to establish whether they were duped by "foreign actors" during the United States presidential election campaign following Facebook's own estimates that as many as 126m Americans may have seen content written by Russian agents over the past two years.

Facebook will launch the new tool in December. "This is part of our ongoing effort to protect our platforms and the people who use them from bad actors who try to undermine our democracy", the company said in a statement. He will appear before the end of the year on the page help users of the social network. Facebook has confirmed that 29 million Americans saw Russian propaganda content on their newsfeed, while 126 million shared posts.

Concerns about such Russian government-linked agencies have intensified in the wake of alleged Russian interference in last year's U.S. election, with claims that fake social media accounts were heavily responsible for helping spread misinformation and false stories.

Russian interference is now known to be widespread, going beyond Facebook and affecting Twitter and Google as well.

Facebook to alert users influenced by fake Russian accounts
Facebook to alert users influenced by fake Russian accounts

The allegation that Russian Federation had interfered in the US presidential elections has been a huge controversy among the political circles in Washington. Both those companies appeared before the congress in early November to explain how Russian Federation used their platforms to manipulate US citizens.

What they're not doing: Telling users whether they were exposed to content from the pages in their Newsfeed, even if they didn't follow them.

The portal aims to provide a database of those potential pages and accounts that would have been liked or followed between January 2015 and August 2017, before and after the 2016 election.

US senator Richard Blumenthal hopes Google and Twitter follows Facebook's lead and create their own tools too.

Senator Richard Blumenthal, a Democrat who had asked for notifications, said Facebook's plan "seems to be a serious response" to his request.

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