Russian-linked Facebook content: How to check if you were duped

25 December, 2017, 17:29 | Author: Raquel Nash
  • Check now to see if you liked any Russian troll accounts on Facebook

Facebook has said that an estimated 150 million people on Facebook and its subsidiary, Instagram, saw ads that were created and paid for by a Russian propaganda firm. In July, a spokesperson for the company told CNN that "we have seen no evidence that Russian actors bought ads on Facebook in connection with the election". Most of these propaganda related posts, according to TNW, were centered on gun control, LGBTQ issues, race and religion.

The tool can be accessed from Facebook's Help Center and shows not only the pages and accounts that the company believes are run by the Internet Research Agency but also the dates of your interactions with them.

Some promoted the candidacy of Donald Trump and criticized his Democratic challenger, Hillary Clinton. However, what you may not know is whether or not you personally ended up seeing any of those posts.

Facebook's new service also doesn't allow users to check if they saw some of the roughly 3,000 election-timed ads purchased by Russia's notorious trolls, known as the Internet Research Agency.

Most of the ads didn't reference the 2016 US presidential election or a particular candidate, but focused on divisive issues such as immigration and gun rights.

"The social media campaign was also created to further a broader Kremlin objective: sowing discord in the inflaming passions on a range of divisive issues", Schiff said during a November hearing.

Box of manure addressed to Treasury secretary
He told the newspaper that he hopes his stunt inspires more people to be aggressive with their activism. Mnuchin is protected by the Secret Service, who have now taken over this investigation from the LAPD.

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.

Facebook announced the tool last month.

'Our community continues to grow and our business is doing well, ' Zuckerberg said.

Facebook told Congress that the apparent political meddling included use of its image-sharing application Instagram. It only shows you the content the Russian entity targeted at you directly. Simply log in to your account, go to this page, and you'll be told whether or not you liked any Russian propaganda during the campaign.

Facebook, however, previously pledged to unveil it before year's end.


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