Facebook will soon let you know if you're following propaganda pages

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"It is important that people understand how foreign actors tried to sow division and mistrust using Facebook before and after the 2016 USA election", the company said in a blog post. That's due in part to technical limitations, the company contends.

On Wednesday, Facebook announced that it would create a "portal to enable people on Facebook to learn which of the Internet Research Agency Facebook Pages or Instagram accounts they may have liked or followed between January 2015 and August 2017".

The tool will arrive at the end of the month, displaying Kremlin-linked Internet Research Agency pages and whether or not users have been following them.

"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", Facebook said in its post.

Although the social media giant initially stated it wanted to keep itself separate from the content posted on its site, the numbers and results of the 2016 USA elections made it impossible to ignore the problem.

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Facebook further elaborated that the tool's capabilities are limited to an extent. Nor does Facebook's new effort help those who may have viewed any of the roughly 3,000 election-timed ads purchased by Russia's so-called IRA. At the very least, this new tool could list accounts whose content users saw or clicked, even if they didn't follow the account that created it. On Twitter, Russian trolls maintained thousands of since-shuttered accounts, often amplified by bots.

"It is important that people understand how foreign actors tried to sow division and mistrust using Facebook before and after the 2016 US election", the company wrote in a blog post.

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

Congress gave Facebook, Google, and Twitter until today to detail plans for improved transparency around election interference, so we'll see if Google and Twitter come out with their own disclosures.

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