Facebook announced that users would soon be able to scan their "likes" to check if they had chanced upon any pages linked to the foreign operatives that spread propaganda during the US presidential election in 2016.
Facebook has announced it is creating a tool to alert the roughly 150 million users affected by fake Russian accounts during the U.S. election.
Until the end of the year, the company will create a special portal page to help users of the social network.
"Personally, I think the idea that fake news on Facebook. influenced the election in any way is a pretty insane idea", he said.
There's now no way to tell if a page or account was created by a troll, such as the Internet Research Agency, the Russian firm that created fake US accounts to spread misinformation and prompt controversy by engaging in hot-button topics such as gun laws and immigration. However, since then the company has admitted to the presence of thousands of posts and paid advertisements created by Russian operatives.
Facebook's new tool will be available to the public from December.
Russian Federation has repeatedly denied allegations that it attempted to influence the last United States presidential election, in which Donald Trump beat Hillary Clinton.
"During our open hearing with Facebook, Twitter and Google earlier this month, we asked them to notify their users if they had been targeted by or seen content as part of the Russian active measures campaign". Facebook has confirmed that 29 million Americans saw Russian propaganda content on their newsfeed, while 126 million shared posts.
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. The tool applies to users who followed or liked those accounts.
With the new tool, users will see if they've followed or liked such a page from January 2015 through August 2017. The companies have yet to respond to similar requests, according to Blumenthal.