Nov 23, 2017

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. 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 Internet Research Agency was behind hundreds of Facebook, Instagram and Twitter accounts and posted thousands of politically-charged messages. 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. "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.

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