Tricked by Russian 2016 election propaganda? New Facebook tool reveals all

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Facebook has rolled out its new hub to help some users figure out if they interacted with Russian propaganda during the 2016 USA presidential election.

During the last election cycle, Facebook estimates some 140 million users may have viewed Russian propaganda in their Newsfeed, or on Instagram. Actually, some of those Pages have now been deleted, but you should still be able to get valuable information on how your account was used to meddle in the last election won by Donald Trump. It can't tell you if you were one of the people who saw this content because friends shared it in your news feed.

Most of the ads didn't reference the 2016 US presidential election or a particular candidate, but focused on divisive issues such as immigration and gun rights.

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A link to the tool is included in the Help Center of the social media site.

Facebook has been criticized for being slow the acknowledge the extent to which its platform was used by Russian Federation during the 2016 election. Almost 150 million Facebook and Instagram users may have seen paid ads and organic posts distributed by the Kremlin-linked organization in St. Petersburg. Although the company claimed to have only recently made that discovery, lawmakers - specifically Democratic lawmakers - were not pleased that it took the company so long to confirm the allegations of Russian involvement in 2016 ad buys. "Candidly, your companies know more about Americans than the United States government does and the idea that you had no idea that any of this was happening strains my credibility".

"I appreciate Facebook's stated commitment to addressing this pernicious problem, but much more is necessary to protect against the kind of destructive disinformation campaign Russian Federation mounted during the last election", Blumenthal said in a statement emailed to The Hill on Friday. If you didn't like any Russian propaganda, you'll see an empty box like in the screenshot above.

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