Published: Sat, November 25, 2017
Health Care | By Oscar Goodwin

Facebook to alert users influenced by fake Russian accounts

Facebook to alert users influenced by fake Russian accounts

The feature, which Facebook said will be released by the year-end, will allow users to see if they interacted with certain pages created by the Internet Research Agency - a Russian Internet company, which was revealed as allegedly running fake campaign ads during the 2016 U.S. General Elections.

"It is important that people understand how foreign actors tried to sow division and mistrust using Facebook before and after the 2016 United States election", said Facebook.

The extent of Russian meddling in the presidential election is the subject of multiple investigations and a US intelligence community assessment that the country waged overt and covert campaigns in an attempt to interfere with the political process.

The new tool will be available by the end of the year.

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Facebook has announced it is creating a tool to alert the roughly 150 million users affected by fake Russian accounts during the U.S. election.

Facebook, in a statement, said it would let people see which pages or accounts they liked or followed between January 2015 and August 2017 that were affiliated with the Internet Research Agency. Users may have seen content that spread organically or as a result of a paid ad. Facebook has argued that it's especially hard to be able to show that information. "And it's also why we're building the tool we are announcing today".

"During our open hearing with Facebook, Twitter and Google earlier this month, we asked them to notify their users if they had been targeted by or seen content as part of the Russian active measures campaign", Schiff said in a statement. A Facebook spokesman said it is too hard to reach all affected users, in part because it can't reliably identify who came across the content.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has launched a handful of initiatives that he says aim to provide better security and transparency for the social network.

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Much of the content was of a nationalist or xenophobic character whose development and promotion is linked to the Russian Internet Research Agency.

Numerous pages such as Heart Of Texas, Being Patriotic and Secured Borders were designed to look like they were created by USA citizens.

Russian Federation has repeatedly denied allegations that it attempted to influence the last USA presidential election, in which Donald Trump beat Hillary Clinton. On election day, about 10 million saw ads purchased by the Kremlin, the company has said.

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