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.