In recent months, Facebook and other social networking networks have come under criticisms due to their influence in the latest presidential election. Few weeks earlier, Twitter blocked Russia Today and Sputnik’s advertising account on the microblogging platform which understandably attracted a lot of criticisms. And now, Facebook has taken a major decision to notify users who have liked pages which were responsible for promoting fake news using the platform.
Thanks to the tool, users on the social network will soon have the ability to see if they were misinformed during the period as reports suggested that more than 125 million Americans may have seen contents promoted by these page.
While the pages created by Russian-backed Internet Research Agency have been deleted in recent weeks, the upcoming tool will give Facebook users an opportunity to go back and see if they have liked the pages. The company wrote in a blog post, “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 we move forward, we will have to see if Facebook implements similar features to prevent spread of fake news over the platform in the coming months.
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