The social media landscape was in a frenzy during the 2016 U.S. presidential election, with alleged misinformation and fake news distributed in large quantities to many different users. Facebook, arguably the most popular social media website in our human history, was a huge platform for this propaganda to spread, making its way into people’s news feeds and advertisements.
Facebook became aware of this disinformation, most notably data from the Internet Research Agency (IRA), a Russian distribution channel infamous for spreading fake news in its reporting.
To help users alleviate any worries on whether or not they were subject to fake news, Facebook created an online tool in the Help Center to let people login and check if they ever liked or followed any pages or accounts from the IRA.
According to CBS News, Facebook shut down 5.8 million fake accounts in the United States alone. Hopefully this is the onset of the social media giant cracking down on illegitimate news and information being shared on its network.