Facebook has created a tool that will allow users to see if they liked or followed any accounts linked to Russia's "Internet Research Agency" that intentionally spread misinformation leading up to the 2016 US presidential election. The social networking company today announced that it plans to launch a portal where anyone can go to find out which pages and Instagram accounts that they like or follow were set up by the Russia-based Internet Research Agency (IRA). But, as Recode notes, this tool is limited to showing you the accounts that you directly follow, not the ones that your friends do, so you're going to only get one piece of the pie.
That's important because paid reach and reshared posts by other users are how numerous 146 million Facebook and Instagram users encountered election interference content.
As it is, users will have to see a story about the tool and opt to head to it and check what they had seen.
This follows recent revelations that Facebook was complicit in Russian election meddling after the company recently revealed to congress that Russian propaganda had reached more than 120 million people during the 2016 election.
This tool will be available by the end of 2017 and will cover the time period between January 2015 and August 2017, basically the entire duration of the USA presidential election season.
Divisive social media posts and ads were used as part of a wider Russian plot to sow divisions within the US ahead of the 2016 presidential elections.
Creation of the new tool comes in the face of Congressional pressure on Facebook and other internet giants to let users know if they were exposed to Russian propaganda prior to the election.
Providing a list of all the individual Russian interference posts a user saw or interacted with could be more useful.
"My hope is that it will be a responsible first step towards protecting against future assaults on its platform", he said in a statement.