Published: Fri, November 24, 2017
Finance | By Loren Pratt

Facebook to expose Russian fake news pages

Facebook to expose Russian fake news pages

Russian Federation has repeatedly denied allegations that it attempted to influence the last United States presidential election, in which Donald Trump beat Hillary Clinton.

What they're not doing: Telling users whether they were exposed to content from the pages in their Newsfeed, even if they didn't follow them.

Facebook will tell users whether they followed pages set up by Russian operatives as part of a broad campaign to interfere in the 2016 election.

Facebook will launch the new tool in December.

Facebook has announced it is creating a tool to alert the roughly 150 million users affected by fake Russian accounts during the USA election.


At a House Intelligence Committee hearing on November 1, Facebook General Counsel Colin Stretch said: "It's a much more challenging issue to identify and notify reliably people who may have been exposed to this content on an individual basis".

Shortly after the 2016 presidential election, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg dismissed the burgeoning claim that Russian-backed propaganda on the popular social-media platform played a role in Donald Trump's shock victory over Hillary Clinton.

The company is making moves to highlight accounts created by the Internet Research Agency - an organisation based in St Petersburg that has close ties to the Russian government. Russian Federation denies any involvement in the U.S. elections.

Last month Facebook announced a new effort to make its advertising more transparent by letting users know who paid for ads - particularly political ones - and beefing up its requirements for authenticating advertisers and its enforcement against ads in violation of its policies.

In order to address fake news, Facebook initiated work to stop misinformation by removing potential financial incentives for advertisers and made updates to clickbait stories in the spring.

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