Did YOU fall for Russian propaganda? Facebook can tell you

25 December, 2017, 17:31 | Author: Rita Burton
  • So many Russian memes on Facebook so little time

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. If you're curious whether you're one of those people, there's now a tool to check if you "liked" any Russian propaganda on Facebook during election season. Some of the pages and accounts promoted the candidacy of Donald Trump and criticized his Democratic challenger, Hillary Clinton.

To figure out if you were a victim of "fake news" during the election go to this Facebook page. To further clear your doubts and enforce its claims, the social media giant launched the new portal where you can see if you have engaged with Pages linked to Russian trolls.

To date, most of the known content was created by the Internet Research Agency, a Kremlin-linked group that to influence the 2016 US presidential election.

Some people, such as Democratic Rep. Adam Schiff, have suggested that Russian Federation purchased the ads not only to help Trump's campaign, but also in an attempt to inflame existing political tensions within the U.S. "The Russians did so by weaving together fake accounts, pages and communities to push politicized content and videos and to mobilize real Americans to sign online petitions and join rallies and protests". Exiting a trio of hearings, lawmakers like Democratic Sen.

Check now to see if you liked any Russian troll accounts on Facebook
New Facebook tool reveals if your account was a pawn in the Russian propaganda game

As NCRM has reported, Facebook told Congress in September that Russian operatives had purchased over $100,000 in ads ahead of the 2016 presidential election.

"Do you not also have an obligation to let those folks know that that was a hoax, that - or at least inform them who was behind that sponsored advertisement", Rep. (D-Ala.) asked Facebook's general counsel Colin Stretch during the November House hearing.

But only a small slice of those 140 million affected users can actually take advantage of Facebook's new tool, which it first previewed in November.

Did you like or follow any Russian propaganda?

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