Did You Like Russian Propaganda On Facebook? This Tool Will Check

So many Russian memes on Facebook so little time

In the aftermath of the 2016 Presidential elections in the United States, and as a result of Congressional inquiries into the effect of fake news in influencing people's opinions and the results of the elections, Facebook last month announced it would be releasing a new tool that would show if a user has been influenced by such propaganda.

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.

Russian use of Facebook and other platforms like Twitter and YouTube to interfere in the 2016 elections has drawn close scrutiny from lawmakers, who at the beginning of November grilled the firms' top lawyers during a public Senate Intelligence Committee hearing.

Some promoted the candidacy of Donald Trump and criticized his Democratic challenger, Hillary Clinton. It does not help users who may have simply seen Kremlin-sponsored content because their friends "Liked" it and it subsequently appeared in their own News Feeds.

Most of the ads didn't reference the 2016 USA presidential election or a particular candidate, but focused on divisive issues such as immigration and gun rights. To further clear your doubts and enforce its claims, the social media giant launched the new portal where you can see if you have engaged with Pages linked to Russian trolls.

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

'We are taking action to be more transparent about the foreign interference in the 2016 US Elections, ' Facebook says on the page where users can check their account.

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".

The feature was created following a push from lawmakers, such as Sen. However, what you may not know is whether or not you personally ended up seeing any of those posts.

Facebook and Instagram users can access the tool at.

Facebook general counsel Colin Stretch told a hearing that Instagram posts by suspect Russian accounts were seen by some 20 million Americans previous year.

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