Facebook to expose Russian fake news pages

Facebook to expose Russian fake news pages
Facebook plans to let people see if
they had “liked” pages created by “foreign actors” to spread propaganda
during the US presidential election.

The social network has
previously said as many as 126 million Americans may have seen content
uploaded by Russia-based agents over the past two years.
It is
building a tool to let people see whether they had followed now-deleted
pages made by the Russia-based Internet Research Agency.
The tool will be launched in December.
The
Internet Research Agency was behind hundreds of Facebook, Instagram and
Twitter accounts and posted thousands of politically-charged messages.
Many
of the pages such as Heart Of Texas, Being Patriotic and Secured
Borders were designed to look like they were created by US citizens.


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In
November 2016, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg said it was a “pretty
crazy idea” to suggest misinformation spread on the social network
influenced the US presidential election.
Since then, the company has identified thousands of posts and paid advertisements placed by Russia-based operatives.
It
has been criticised for allowing propaganda and fake news to spread on
its platform and taking too long to address the problem.
Russia
has repeatedly denied allegations that it attempted to influence the
last US presidential election, in which Donald Trump beat Hillary
Clinton.
“It is important that people understand how foreign
actors tried to sow division and mistrust using Facebook before and
after the 2016 US election,” Facebook said in a blog post.
“That’s
why, as we have discovered information, we have continually come
forward to share it publicly and have provided it to congressional
investigators.
“And it’s also why we’re building the tool we are announcing today.”

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