As the newest move to protect Facebook and Instagram users from bad actors and people who have in the past attempted to undermine the democracy of the United States, Facebook has come up with a tool which helps individuals find out whether the troll army previously used the page they followed on Instagram or that which they liked on Facebook from Russia. The device will be found via a portal that is created on both Facebook and Instagram. Facebook released this information on Wednesday and promised that it would launch this tool by the end of this year. This is the latest move that the most popular social network is taking in the attempt of calming critics who claimed that it did not do all that was in its power to stop the fake news that was passed on through its platform before the 2016 elections in the united states.
Facebook, Twitter as well as Google were faced with lots of questions from lawmakers on Capitol Hill regarding their input in the 2016 election, and the consequences brought about by their technology, though not intended. According to Facebook, over 29 million American residents saw content posted by the Russian agents on their newsfeed while more than 126 million saw the same from posts shared by friends. In total, over 150 million people saw the negative news on both Facebook and Instagram. Facebook went on to reveal that on the day of elections more than 10 million people saw ads that had been purchased by Kremlin.
What Andy Stone the Facebook spokesperson hopes for is that the new tool will help those who liked pages created by the Russian agents and at the same time help those who shared the propaganda. He was however quick to say that the Russian accounts were already deactivated. Previously, the Facebook executive had said that there is little or nothing they can do to get hold of every individual that was affected by the misinformation. With the new tool in place, individuals will only be helped if they make a choice to follow an account run by the Russian agents. It became clear that people are more likely to be affected by content that is shared by their close associates and friends. The chief executive of New Knowledge revealed that people do not know how much influence they get from posts from their close friends.