Facebook will be introducing a new feature that will allow users to see which pages are connected to Russia and if the user interacted with the page. This recent change by the social media giant comes after the Senate Intelligence Committee asked Facebook to tell users they had been exposed to Russian sponsored propaganda.
According to an announcement, Facebook will be creating a user portal allowing people on Facebook to learn which of the Internet Research Agency Facebook Pages or Instagram accounts they may have liked or followed between January 2015 and August 2017. This tool will be located in the Facebook Help Center by the end of this year.
According to Facebook’s announcement: “It is important that people understand how foreign actors tried to sow division and mistrust using Facebook before and after the 2016 US election. That’s why as we have discovered information, we have continually come forward to share it publicly and have provided it to congressional investigators. And it’s also why we’re building the tool we are announcing today.”
Several months ago, Facebook discovered that the Internet Research Agency, a troll farm in Russia, purchased ads to and created thousands of posts related to U.S. elections.