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Continuing Transparency on Russian Activity | Facebook Newsroom

Continuing Transparency on Russian Activity | Facebook Newsroom Continuing Transparency on Russian Activity | Facebook Newsroom
Kristine Garrett | 24 November, 2017, 01:30

It is building a tool to let people see whether they had followed now-deleted pages made by the Russia-based Internet Research Agency.

United States intelligence agencies have said: "The likely financier of the so-called Internet Research Agency of professional trolls [.] is a close Putin ally with ties to Russian intelligence".

"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.

The new tool, which Facebook says will be live by the end of the year, will cover the period between January 2015 and August 2016.

Facebook added: "It is important that people understand how foreign actors tried to sow division and mistrust using Facebook before and after the 2016 United States election".

However, not all of those users will be able to take advantage of the portal. But it won't show users if they merely saw - or even "liked" - posts from those pages.

However, at a Congress hearing on November 1, a Facebook representative said: "It's a much more challenging issue to identify and notify reliably people who may have been exposed to this content on an individual basis".

The Internet Research Agency has been described as a "troll farm", with the New York Times writing in 2015: "The agency had become known for employing hundreds of Russians to post pro-Kremlin propaganda online under fake identities [.] in order to create the illusion of a massive army of supporters".

Rep. Adam Schiff, a California Democrat, called the move a "very positive step" in a statement.

Facebook, along with Google and Twitter, are facing scrutiny over the presence of Russian content in their respective platforms during the 2016 USA presidential election. But emphasized that he's still looking for more, including a joint report by the companies "on how Russian Federation used these platforms to sow discord and influence the election".

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