Facebook Offers Users a Tool Against Propaganda

//Facebook Offers Users a Tool Against Propaganda

Facebook users will soon be able to see if they have interacted with US election fake sites in their newsfeed. The social network wants to provide an appropriate tool by the end of the year.

A new portal within the Facebook Help Center aims to provide clarity: allowing users to check which Facebook pages and Instagram accounts come from the Internet Research Agency.

This should have published on Facebook pages or via Instagram false announcements in the social networks during the US election campaign. With the new portal, users can see if they interacted with content from such a fake account between January 2015 and August 2017, reports Ars Technica.

With this step, Facebook wants to face criticism that the group lacks in activism in exposing a possible influence of Russia on the US presidential election.

The tool should only be visible if a user liked or shared one of the pages or Instagram accounts in question. The number of users who saw false messages in their newsfeed without reacting would, therefore, be far more significant. Accordingly, these persons can not determine via the portal if they have fallen for a fake message.

According to the New York Times, Facebook executives doubt whether it’s even possible to track down and inform all affected users.

Facebook had to answer recently with representatives of Google and Twitter before the US Senate, to what extent the corporations influenced the outcome of the US presidential election by the spreading of announcements with wrong information decisively. Influence on elections with foreign funds is a criminal offense in the US – accordingly, the business is more than just an image issue.

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By |2017-11-30T02:06:19+00:00November 30th, 2017|Skill Development|2 Comments


  1. Joan Miguel Siso Yancen December 21, 2017 at 6:10 pm - Reply

    The way in wich social networks are a big influence for the people is a matter we have to take care about and this interesting article informed us about it. We fall every day in fake announcements that, in my opinion, make us part of the mediocrity presents in the develop and thanks to the work maked by pages like Facebook, managing the information that get on the net, and pages like Learningsimplify that reports important news like this, the future of education (knowing that social networks affect frecuently the educational field) can be saved. This is a good new.

  2. Joan Yancen December 22, 2017 at 1:09 am - Reply

    Through the last years there has been the trend of share information without knowing the veracity of it, a worrying issue because of the way in which social networks have been a great influence on people’s lives and this article is as interesting as acute because it makes us to take care about this matter. It´s good to know that there are people working to stop this problem, as is the case of Facebook, this page has had too many changes on his interface, funtion of the tools, data security and, in spite of it , are still appearing the incessant fake announcements. Let’s put our trust on the hands of Facebook developers who are working to fix it and authors like the one who wrote this article who informs us about this kind of problem presents in our daily lives. Good post!

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