Facebook has announced it is creating a new portal to allow its users to find out whether they followed any of Russia’s Internet Research Agency Pages on Facebook or Instagram.
Several weeks ago, Facebook announced that it is working hard to increase transparency of advertising on its platform, and in the last few months has been in continuing its efforts to protect all its platforms from “bad actors who try to undermine” democracy. Part of these efforts is a new portal that will allow Facebook users to find out which of the Internet Research Agency Facebook Pages or Instagram account they liked or followed in the time between January 2015 and August 2017.
Facebook explains that it is “important that people understand how foreign actors tried to sow division and mistrust” by using its platform before and after the elections in 2016. As such, as soon as it has uncovered information, Facebook has come forward and shared it with the public each and every time. Throughout this time, Facebook says it has also been providing all its uncovered information to congress as well.
The tool will be available to use in the Facebook Help Center by the end of the year.