Facebook announced that it will develop a web page to let the users to view if they have liked or followed the Russian propaganda accounts. This decision was taken after the officials in US approached the social networking company to be more open regarding the reach of accounts.
The lawmakers in US welcomed this announcement by Facebook as an encouraging step. However, the company’s move to create a webpage is still not meeting the expectations of the lawmakers on the other hand as it is not alerting the users individually regarding the Russian propaganda posts or Ads they had access to.
Companies such as Facebook, Alphabet and Twitter are facing this fallout after saying that the Russians had used these services to manipulate the 2016 US elections by spreading massive divisive messages on their network anonymously.
The officials have also censured the tech giants for not doing the best to spot the interference in the elections. However, the Russian Government has denied any involvement in this act.
In a statement, the social networking giant has stated that it would allow the users to view the accounts or pages they have followed or liked between January 2015 and August 2017 which were associated with the Internet Research Agency.
The tool will be available by the end of the year as part of our ongoing effort to protect our platforms and the people who use them from bad actors who try to undermine our democracy.
The new upcoming webpage is said to display only the accounts in a list and not the posts or any ads associated with them. We should also wait and see if the company will individually alert the users regarding this feature once announced.
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