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Facebook will show which Russian election troll accounts you followed

Facebook will show which Russian election troll accounts you followed
From TechCrunch - November 22, 2017

Facebook is building out a tool to show which Facebook Pages or Instagram accounts associated with Russias Internet Research Agency election troll farm you Liked or followed. Launching by the end of the year as part of the Facebook Help Center, the tool will show a list of all the IRA accounts you followed.

The IRA is a group based in St. Petersburg, Russia with ties to the Kremlin. Its been exposed as an office organizing purposeful disinformation campaigns to disrupt the US 2016 Presidential election by sowing division in the country. Facebook is now on a mission to thwart future election meddling, and be as transparent as possible about previous election interference

However, this tool will not show whether you saw ads or organic posts from the Russian troll accounts. Thats important because paid reach and reshared posts by other users are how many of the 146 million Facebook and Instagram users encountered election interference content. Facebook has said 29 million Americans saw Russian troll content directly shared to their feeds, but 126 million total saw posts including reshares, with 10 million seeing ads. 20 million Americans saw a combination of Russian troll ads and direct posts on Instagram.

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