Facebook disabled 583 million fake accounts and millions of spam, sex and hate speech posts
Posted in: Internet Use/New Technologies at 16/05/2018 20:43
Facebook revealed Tuesday that it removed more than half a billion fake accounts and millions of pieces of violent or obscene content during the first three months of 2018, pledging more transparency while shielding its chief executive from new public questioning about the company’s business practices.
The findings, its first public look at internal moderation figures, illustrate the gargantuan task Facebook faces in cleaning up the world’s largest social network, where artificial-intelligence systems and thousands of human moderators are fighting back a wave of offensive content and abuse.
Facebook closed 583m fake accounts in first three months of 2018
Facebook took moderation action against almost 1.5bn accounts and posts which violated its community standards in the first three months of 2018, the company has revealed.
In its first quarterly Community Standards Enforcement Report, Facebook said the overwhelming majority of moderation action was against spam posts and fake accounts: it took action on 837m pieces of spam, and shut down a further 583m fake accounts on the site in the three months. But Facebook also moderated 2.5m pieces of hate speech, 1.9m pieces of terrorist propaganda, 3.4m pieces of graphic violence and 21m pieces of content featuring adult nudity and sexual activity.
Facebook Says It Deleted 865 Million Posts, Mostly Spam
Facebook has been under pressure for its failure to remove violence, nudity, hate speech and other inflammatory content from its site. Government officials, activists and academics have long pushed the social network to disclose more about how it deals with such posts.
Now, Facebook is pulling back the curtain on those efforts — but only so far.
On Tuesday, the Silicon Valley company published numbers for the first time detailing how much and what type of content it takes down from the social network. In an 86-page report, Facebook revealed that it deleted 865.8 million posts in the first quarter of 2018, the vast majority of which were spam, with a minority of posts related to nudity, graphic violence, hate speech and terrorism.
Facebook details scale of abuse on its site
Facebook says it deleted or added warnings to about 29 million posts that broke its rules on hate speech, graphic violence, terrorism and sex, over the first three months of the year.
It is the first time that the firm has published figures detailing the scale of efforts to enforce its rules.
Facebook is developing artificial intelligence tools to support the work of its 15,000 human moderators.
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