The Internet Research Agency, which is based in St. Petersburg, allegedly used social media as part of a wider Russian plot to sow divisions within the U.S. ahead of the 2016 presidential 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 wrote in a blog post Wednesday.
But the social media platform doesn’t appear to be addressing the full reach of the Internet Research Agency’s content. Rather than listing each time the troll farm’s posts appeared on a user’s timeline, the portal will only show instances of active interaction.
Facebook has also failed to address whether it will show people if they were targeted by Russia-paid political advertisements, which reached as many as 150 million users on Facebook and Instagram.
Rep. Adam Schiff, a California Democrat, called the move a “very positive step” in a statement.
But he emphasized that he’s still looking for more, including a joint report by the companies “on how Russia used these platforms to sow discord and influence the election.”
The companies were initially dismissive of Russia’s threat, but they all pledged to make improvements amid pressure from lawmakers.
News of Facebook’s new portal comes weeks after Twitter announced the launch of its “Advertising Transparency Center,” where users can see how they are being targeted