There’s a ton of tech news to get to! Maybe you didn’t get to it all, because who’s got time for that? Well, that’d be us — here are a handful of stories from the week that was that might affect you!
Facebook launches tool to reveal which pages were sponsored by a Russian state agency
Around this time last month, Facebook said they would release a tool notifying users if they engaged with a Facebook page that was created by the Internet Research Agency, a state-backed Russian agency. That tool went up last Friday and can be used to see if you liked or followed any of the offending pages, which were created by the IRA to inflame divisions within the United States ahead of the 2016 presidential election. You won’t see the specific posts you interacted with, however.
Don’t forget — few were immune from being targeted by the IRA’s content. Four of the pages created by the Russian agency were called ‘LGBT United,’ ‘Being Patriotic,’ ‘Blacktivist,’ and ‘Secured Borders.’ The main goal seems to have been to destabilize the United States by making public discourse increasingly pointed and violent.