Facebook will tell users if they followed Russian pages

  • Facebook will tell users if they followed Russian pages

Facebook will tell users if they followed Russian pages

Yet, the disclosure falls short of notifying more than 100 million other users who came across the pages' ads and posts, and may have liked, shared or commented on them.

The social network said it will roll out a new web portal in its online Help Centre that will list now-deleted pages linked to the Russia-based Internet Research Agency that users may have followed or liked.

In November 2016, Facebook's founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg dismissed the idea that fake news on the site had contributed to the United States election result.

Social media presenter Shannon Redstall spoke to Duncan Garner.

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

Facebook estimates that close to 150 million Americans may have been exposed to content from the Internet Research Agency between June 2015 and August 2017 on Facebook and Instagram.

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 senator Richard Blumenthal hopes Google and Twitter follows Facebook's lead and create their own tools too.

Russian Federation has repeatedly denied allegations that it attempted to influence the last U.S. presidential election, in which Donald Trump beat Hillary Clinton.

In November 2016, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg said it was a "pretty insane idea" to suggest misinformation spread on the social network influenced the USA presidential election.

Facebook added: "It is important that people understand how foreign actors tried to sow division and mistrust using Facebook before and after the 2016 U.S. election".

Sen. Richard Blumenthal this month following a congressional hearing asked Facebook, Twitter Inc. and Alphabet Inc.'s Google to tell users who saw posts by the Internet Research Agency, and asked for a reply by Wednesday.

Facebook will launch a new online tool that it said will let users see whether they followed Russia-linked accounts or contents disguised as USA users, media reports said Thursday. "And it's also why we're building the tool we are announcing today".