Facebook now shows if your account was influenced by Russian propaganda

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

On Friday, Facebook released a limited tool allowing users to see what Russian propaganda they may have previously liked or followed on the popular platform.

More than 140 million people were likely exposed to Russia-linked propaganda during the election, so if it did happen to you, you're certainly not in the minority.

The new tool, which first made its entry last November, is designed with features that will help you discover if you were inadvertently used by the so-called Russian propaganda loyalists to spread fake news. Some of the pages and accounts promoted the candidacy of Donald Trump and criticized his Democratic challenger, Hillary Clinton.

By this point, it's pretty much understood that Russian Federation attempted to influence the 2016 Presidential election in the United States through social media posts.

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Facebook has said it would be "challenging" to find and notify every single user that may have seen content or ads generated by Russian agents.

A link to the tool is included in the Help Center of the social media site. "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".

"I appreciate Facebook's stated commitment to addressing this pernicious problem, but much more is necessary to protect against the kind of destructive disinformation campaign Russian Federation mounted during the last election", Blumenthal said in a statement emailed to The Hill on Friday.

But the company reversed course in September, with Facebook's chief security officer acknowledging in a blog post that roughly 3,000 ads that appeared on the network in 2016 were paid for by firms that "likely operated out of Russian Federation". Exiting a trio of hearings, lawmakers like Democratic Sen.

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"I have more than a little bit of frustration that many of us on this committee have been raising this issue since the beginning of this year, and our claims were, frankly, blown off by the leadership of your companies", Senator Mark Warner of Virginia, the top Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee, said at one of several hearings on the issue earlier in the year.

However, the tool won't tell you if friends shared the content, and will not show you the content posted by the accounts or pages - only a list of the content.

The tool is a part of ongoing effort to help users understand how foreign actors tried to divide voters by sowing seeds of mistrust before and after the last USA election. It will tell you if you inadvertently liked or followed such Pages.

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