Facebook will let you see what Russian-linked content you followed

  • Facebook will let you see what Russian-linked content you followed

Facebook will let you see what Russian-linked content you followed

But, as Recode notes, this tool is limited to showing you the accounts that you directly follow, not the ones that your friends do, so you're going to only get one piece of the pie.

Those accusations have come particularly from U.S. lawmakers, who argue that such accounts were able to influence the United States election and benefited Donald Trump.

Having admitted that Russian Federation bought ads on the site, Facebook is now developing a tool that will enable users to determine if they interacted with the Internet Research Agency - the propaganda company also known as the Trolls from Olgino.

Additionally, the tool puts the onus on users to visit the portal, and assumes they know it exists.

During a quarterly earnings call with analysts this month, Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg addressed criticism over allowing disinformation and manipulation during the USA presidential election, just hours after the company's top lawyer faced a grilling at a Washington congressional hearing.

The Internet Research Agency, which is based in St. Petersburg, allegedly used social media as part of a wider Russian plot to sow divisions within the USA ahead of the 2016 presidential elections. Facebook will make it easier for users to view that if they have followed Facebook or Instagram accounts backed by the Kremlin-linked Internet Research Agency (IRU).

Over a two-year period around the 2016 election, Facebook said that about 29 million USA users directly saw content in their News Feeds produced by the Internet Research Agency, the Kremlin's official troll army.

For those anxious they might have engaged with accounts created by the Internet Research Agency, Facebook is creating a tool showing users what Facebook Pages or Instagram accounts they Liked or followed that are associated with the notorious troll farm.

The tool will apply only to content users may have interacted with between January 2015 and August 2017. At the very least, this new tool could list accounts whose content users saw or clicked, even if they didn't follow the account that created it. USA lawmakers have separately published some posts.

Facebook, along with rivals Google and Twitter, was grilled by lawmakers over the matter earlier this month during three congressional hearings on Capitol Hill.

Facebook did not immediately respond to Ars' request for comment. Additional steps are required from these tech giants to improve transparency with respect to Russian abuse of their platforms.