Duped by Russian disinformation campaign? Facebook says this tool will tell you

After rough year Facebook does damage control in DC

In October, Democratic lawmakers released a sampling of the 3,000-plus Facebook ads that Russian operatives purchased during and after the 2016 presidential election.

The agency is seen as a Russian resource for spreading propaganda online, and almost 150 million Facebook and Instagram users may have seen paid ads and organic posts distributed by the Kremlin-linked organization in St. Petersburg. It does not help users who may have simply seen Kremlin-sponsored content because their friends "Liked" it and it subsequently appeared in their own News Feeds.

Some promoted the candidacy of Donald Trump and criticized his Democratic challenger, Hillary Clinton. It only shows you the content the Russian entity targeted at you directly.

'It is important that people understand how foreign actors tried to sow division and mistrust using Facebook before and after the 2016 USA election, ' the leading online social network said in a blog post earlier this year when it first announced the tool.

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

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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.

The feature was created following a push from lawmakers, such as Sen.

"I have more than a little bit of frustration that many of us on this committee have been raising this issue since the beginning of this year, and our claims were, frankly, blown off by the leadership of your companies", Senator Mark Warner of Virginia, the top Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee, said at one of several hearings on the issue earlier in the year. However, what you may not know is whether or not you personally ended up seeing any of those posts. You'll either see a message saying you didn't follow any of the pages or you will get a list of the pages you followed as well as the date you followed them.

But only a small slice of those 140 million affected users can actually take advantage of Facebook's new tool, which it first previewed in November.

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