Facebook to warn users in the US whether pages liked are linked to “foreign agencies”

LUONG THAI LINH

A file picture dated 28 November 2013 shows a man using the social networking site Facebook on his phone in a cafe in Hanoi, Vietnam.

Facebook to warn users in the US whether pages liked are linked to “foreign agencies”


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Facebook is developing a tool that will inform its users in the United States whether they are “liking” or have “liked” pages associated directly or indirectly with foreign agencies.

During the US elections, as many as 126 million Americans have been exposed to Russian-sponsored content via platforms such as Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter, Reuters reports. Much of the content was of a nationalist or xenophobic character whose development and promotion is linked to the Russian Internet Research Agency. Russia denies any involvement in the US elections.

Facebook will launch the new tool in December.

Until a year ago, Facebook categorically denied the platform could be used for misinformation campaigns. The platform is now acknowledging that Russia may have used its platform to influence the US elections.

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