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New Facebook tool tells users if they've liked or followed Russia's 'troll army'
by Sam Levin in San Francisco

The Guardian    Translate This Article
23 December 2017

On 23 December 2017 The Guardian reported: Facebook has launched a new tool to allow users to see if they've liked or followed Russian propaganda accounts, though the feature probably won't reach many of the millions of people exposed to fake news during US and UK elections. Because the feature only reveals if users directly liked or followed pages on Facebook or Instagram, it won't alert users who viewed the propaganda on their news feeds or read the articles without actively following the accounts. ... Global Good News service views this news as a sign of rising positivity in the fields of science and business, documenting the growth of life-supporting, evolutionary trends.

Facebook should also alert users to misinformation from sources outside of the Russian propaganda machine, said Binkowski, noting that fake news was still widespread from a variety of places. [Brooke Binkowski, managing editor of fact-checking website, which is part of Facebook's partnership with news organizations to flag false news.]

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