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The Internet Research Agency was behind hundreds of Facebook, Instagram and Twitter accounts and posted thousands of politically-charged messages.

The company has come under a great deal of fire for being lax enough to allow the spread of propaganda and fake news on its so called "secure" network.

Facebook announced that users would soon be able to scan their "likes" to check if they had chanced upon any pages linked to the foreign operatives that spread propaganda during the US presidential election in 2016.

Facebook, Alphabet Inc's Google and Twitter Inc are facing a backlash after saying Russians used their services to anonymously spread divisive messages among Americans in the run-up to the 2016 USA elections. "This is part of our ongoing effort to protect our platforms and the people who use them from bad actors who try to undermine our democracy", Facebook said in a statement.

Concerns about such Russian government-linked agencies have intensified in the wake of alleged Russian interference in last year's U.S. election, with claims that fake social media accounts were heavily responsible for helping spread misinformation and false stories. Both those companies appeared before the congress in early November to explain how Russian Federation used their platforms to manipulate US citizens.

Facebook is to take the unprecedented step of building a notification tool enabling members to establish whether they inadvertently "liked" pages that were in fact serving as Russian fake news sites. Then they vowed to do more to prevent similar interferences from happening in the future and said they would look into potentially informing their users if they've been exposed.

US lawmakers have criticized the tech firms for not doing more to detect the alleged election meddling, which the Russian government denies involvement in.

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On Election Day alone on 8 November 2016, about 10 million people saw the Russian-bought ads on Facebook, the social media firm said.