File Photo: The Facebook application is seen on a phone screen August 3, 2017. (Xinhua/REUTERS)
SAN FRANCISCO, Nov. 24 (Xinhua) -- Facebook will launch a new online tool that it said will let users see whether they followed Russia-linked accounts or contents disguised as U.S. users, media reports said Thursday.
The feature, which Facebook said will be released by the year-end, will allow users to see if they interacted with certain pages created by the Internet Research Agency -- a Russian Internet company, which was revealed as allegedly running fake campaign ads during the 2016 U.S. General Elections.
"A few weeks ago, we shared our plans to increase the transparency of advertising on Facebook. 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.
The allegation that Russia had interfered in the U.S. presidential elections has been a huge controversy among the political circles in Washington.
Russia has repeatedly denied the allegations.
"We will soon be creating a portal to enable people on Facebook to learn which of the Internet Research Agency Facebook Pages or Instagram accounts they may have liked or followed between January 2015 and August 2017," Facebook said in the statement.
"This tool will be available for use by the end of the year in the Facebook Help Center," it added.
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has said his company will introduce a host of measures to "provide better security and transparency for the social network."