Facebook has announced plans to create a portal to enable its users to learn which of the Internet Research Agency Facebook Pages or Instagram accounts they may have liked or followed between January 2015 and August 2017.
The move which is seen as a follow-ups to Facebook commitment to transparency, is an apparent move to expose foreign news agencies specifically, fake Russian news pages used to spread propaganda during the 2016 US election. The tool will be available for use by the end of the year in the Facebook Help Center.
You would recall that just some few weeks ago, Facebook had shared some of its plans to increase the transparency of advertising on Facebook, as an ongoing effort to protect its platforms and the people who use them from bad actors who try to undermine our democracy. With this development, it is obvious that the firm is either serious or bowing of pressure to act, in the midst of the evidences relating to social media’s interference in the US elections.
In a statement issued by the company, it said that “it is important that people understand how foreign actors tried to sow division and mistrust using Facebook before and after the 2016 US election. That’s why as we have discovered information, we have continually come forward to share it publicly and have provided it to congressional investigators. And it’s also why we’re building the tool we are announcing today”.
As you will recall, revelations has led to a public notion that social media played key role in the victory of President Donald Trump. As an opinion, this will help Facebook to restore public confidence it might be loosing from its users; as well as further help to unravel the mysteries behind Russian’s involvement in the elections.
Facebook is an online social networking service headquartered in Menlo Park, California, in the United States. Its website was launched on February 4, 2004, by Mark Zuckerberg with his Harvard College roommates and fellow students Eduardo Saverin, Andrew McCollum, Dustin Moskovitz and Chris Hughes. The founders had initially limited the website’s membership to Harvard students, but later expanded it to colleges in the Boston area, the Ivy League, and Stanford University. It gradually added support for students at various other universities and later to high-school students. Its name comes from the face book directories often given to American university students.