Facebook will let some of its users see if they interacted with Russian propaganda

Facebook still won’t tell users whether the propaganda they saw was a paid ad or a post in their News Feed

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 23 November, 2017, 3:53pm
UPDATED : Thursday, 23 November, 2017, 3:54pm

By Alex Heath

Facebook said Wednesday that it would let some of its users see whether they liked or followed pages belonging to Russia-linked operatives that sowed political divisiveness around the 2016 US presidential election.

A new page to be published on Facebook’s help centre by the end of the year will show whether some accounts interacted with the Russia-linked accounts, Facebook said in a blog post on Wednesday.

“This is part of our ongoing effort to protect our platforms and the people who use them from bad actors who try to undermine our democracy,” Facebook said.

Roughly 150 million of Facebook’s users saw posts shared by pages belonging to the Russian propaganda organisation known as the Internet Research Agency, Facebook previously told US investigators.

While Facebook will show some users the affiliated pages they liked or followed, the company maintains that technical and privacy reasons keep it from showing whether such propaganda was merely shown to someone as a paid ad or as a post in the News Feed.

Facebook’s move to disclose more of the Russian activity on its platform to users follows Twitter’s plan to create a public hub that allows anyone to see all ads running on its platform and how they are targeted.

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