Facebook will show which Russian election troll accounts you followed



Facebook is building out a tool to show which Facebook Pages or Instagram accounts associated with Russian Internet Research Agency election troll farm you Liked or followed. Launching by the end of the year as part of the Facebook Help Center, the tool will show a list of all the IRA accounts you followed.

However, for now it appears this tool will not show whether you saw ads or organic posts from the Russian troll accounts. That’s important because paid reach and reshared posts by other users are how many of the 146 million Facebook and Instagram users encountered election interference content. Providing a list of all the individual Russian interference posts a user saw or interacted with could be more useful. 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.

The IRA is a group based in St. Petersburg, Russia with ties to Kremlin. It’s been exposed as an office organizing purposeful disinformation campaigns to disrupt the US 2016 Presidential election by sowing division in the country. Facebook is now on a mission to thwart future election meddling, and be as transparent as possible about previous election interference

 

 

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