Did you 'like' Russian propaganda? Facebook will clue you in


Panicked about your feed getting hijacked by "Russian trolls"?

Facebook said the portal is part of its continuing effort to "protect" its platforms and users from "bad actors who try to undermine our democracy".

USA lawmakers late last month lashed out at executives from Facebook, Twitter, and Google over what they called a failure to prevent abuses of their networks by Russian operatives during the presidential campaign. One of the criteria the company uses is geolocation, though Stretch himself admitted that has its problems.

USA lawmakers earlier this month released a batch of Facebook ads they say were purchased by the company in a surreptitious effort to stir up emotions on sensitive social issues like gun control, race relations, immigration, and religion.

Facebook, Alphabet Inc.'s Google and Twitter Inc. appeared in early November for hours of Congressional testimony to explain how Russian Federation used their platforms to manipulate US citizens.

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Facebook previously revealed that the Internet Research Agency ran a number of fake accounts advocating for a wide variety of causes on both sides of the political spectrum. The IRA has been presented by U.S. lawmakers and the media as an alleged "Russian troll factory" in St. Petersburg.

"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", the company said in a news release.

The tool will initially only be available to US-based users, but other options will be considered at a later point, the spokesperson said. Blumenthal sent a letter calling on Facebook to find a way to alert its users, setting Wednesday as a deadline for the company to take action.

In an effort to increase the transparency surrounding advertisements in the future, Facebook previously announced that they are going to make it possible to see what ads that pages are running as well as requiring confirmation of people's identities before they can buy US election ads. The company also disclosed some 4000 ad buys by the group, and said that its post may have been seen by as many as 140 million people. The social network said it would make advertising across the board more transparent and strengthen "enforcement against improper ads" by hiring 1,000 additional review staff.