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Facebook's new tool reveals any fake Russian accounts you followed

Facebook's new tool reveals any fake Russian accounts you followed
From Engadget - December 22, 2017

The tool can be accessed through the site's Help Center and lists accounts you may have liked or followed between January 2015 and August 2017. To Facebook's credit, it's very simple to usejust sign in (and plug in your Instagram credentials, if you are curious), and you will be presented with a list of offending accounts created by Saint Petersburg-based Internet Research Agency. The Kremlin-affliated organization's skill in using provocative, trollish behavior to shape opinion through divisive content has been well known since about 2014, and Facebook moved to delete all of its known accounts earlier this year.

While the tool is a valuable step toward understanding the scope of Russia's actions, it sadly does not tell the full story. While you can view a list of accounts you yourself have liked or followed, it does not highlight any specific content you have may interacted with or any content that may have wound up in your news feed courtesy of shares and likes from others in your network.

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