A list of Facebook Pages or Instagram accounts will appear in a new online portal within Facebook's Help Center and will be available to all users by the end of the year, Facebook announced in a blog post Wednesday.
The new tool will allow Facebook and Instagram users to check for themselves if they have followed or liked a page between January 2015 and August 2017 that has since been identified as emanating from an IRA-related account.
Facebook's new tool for viewing propaganda ads is the latest salvo in a damage-control campaign by the company that kicked into high gear last month, when they were caught redacting references to Russian Federation from an April report on the way its platform was manipulated during the election.
Facebook's new practice follows closely on the heels of Google announcing it would "de-rank" Russia Today and Sputnik from its search results in an effort to prevent the Russian-run news agencies from spreading fake news.
In an effort to increase the transparency surrounding advertisements in the future, Facebook previously announced that they are going to make it possible to see what ads that pages are running as well as requiring confirmation of people's identities before they can buy US election ads.
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Facebook, Google and Twitter testified before Congress this month, acknowledging that agents tied to the Russian government used their platforms to try to meddle with the US elections.
"It is important that people understand how foreign actors tried to sow division and mistrust using Facebook before and after the 2016 United States election", Facebook said in the post. Once launched, social media users can access the portal at Facebook.com/actionplan.
KitGuru Says: It's great that Facebook users will now have the option of unfollowing untrustworthy pages, however I am more interested in the steps it's taking to move forward instead of looking back.
Sewell, a member of the House Intelligence Committee, asked Facebook's General Counsel Colin Stretch in a hearing on November 1 whether the company had "an obligation to notify" its users.
The social media giant has said that potentially 150 million people have seen the Russian-linked content on Facebook and Instagram.