Just this year the internet was lit by the revelations of how Russians interfered with the US election. The main method that the Russians used is social media to spread disinformation among US citizens. Many people do not know whether they fell for this trick or not but not anymore. It is because Facebook is now creating a tool that will allow users of Facebook or Instagram to determine whether they followed or liked the accounts used by the Russians to spread the fake news. When the tool is ready, users will be able to access it through the sites’ Help Center. Communication from Facebook indicated that they expect that the tool will be ready by the end of the year.
According to Facebook, at least 150 million users could have seen the advertisements and organic posts created by the organization linked to the Kremlin. The deceptive activities took place between January 2015 and August 2017. The tool will enable you to see the pages that you followed or liked during this period that are linked to the Kremlin.
The advertisements and organic posts created by the organization linked to the Kremlin sought to sow discord by targeting race, gay rights, gun rights, religion, immigration and other hot issues to the Americans. Most of the posts created by the Kremlin-linked organization, Russian Internet Research Agency, criticized the candidacy of Hillary Clinton while promoting that of Donald Trump. Many experts think that this interference was key to the successful election of Donald Trump.
One limitation of the tool is that you will not be able to determine whether you saw the content posted on the biased pages. Also, the tool cannot show you the content that the page’s admins posted. You will only be able to view the list. Facebook is leaving the role of releasing the advertisements shown by the pages to the Congress. Democrat lawmakers called on Facebook to inform users whether they were victims of the Russian project to misinform the Americans during the election period. Some lawmakers even went ahead and wrote letters to Facebook, Twitter and Google requesting the same. Google and Twitter have not yet responded to the issue. Facebook stated that it would be difficult to identify and be able to notify the respective individuals exposed to the content reliably. Lawmakers are happy with step Facebook has taken terming it a positive one.