Facebook's new tool reveals any Russian propaganda account you liked or followed


In the aftermath of the 2016 Presidential elections in the United States, and as a result of Congressional inquiries into the effect of fake news in influencing people's opinions and the results of the elections, Facebook last month announced it would be releasing a new tool that would show if a user has been influenced by such propaganda. It works by scanning previous posts in an attempt to link them to propaganda Pages.

To figure out if you were a victim of "fake news" during the election go to this Facebook page.

According to a Facebook estimate, roughly 140 million users might have seen Russian propaganda in their News Feeds or on Instagram over the course of the 2016 election. 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.

This week, Facebook made that a little easier with a tool that lets you know if you liked art followed a page that has been since linked to Russian Federation.

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Last September, Facebook had in an official statement indicted Russian Federation of influencing the 2016 U.S. election won by President Donald Trump. The social giant's tool specifically allows users to see if they followed or "Liked" any pages and accounts set up by Kremlin-backed trolls on either Facebook or Instagram. The pages you liked or followed will be displayed in the middle of the page.

The tool is a part of ongoing effort to help users understand how foreign actors tried to divide voters by sowing seeds of mistrust before and after the last U.S. election.

"We take this issue very seriously and are committed to doing our part to help prevent foreign interference in the future", Facebook concluded.