Facebook Disabled 583 Million Fake Accounts, Sex And Hate Speech Posts

Facebook Disabled 583 Million Fake Accounts, Sex And Hate Speech Posts

After opening up its Community Standards to the public for the first time, Facebook has now released a Community Standards Enforcement Report, covering six areas, including graphic violence, adult nudity and sexual activity, terrorist propaganda, hate speech, spam, and fake accounts.

Fake accounts have gotten more attention in recent months after it was revealed that Russian agents used them to buy ads to try to influence the 2016 elections. Facebook also took down over 837 million pieces of spam during 2018's first quarter. If Facebook tamps down on bad content, as some analysts predict, it is unlikely to lose users and advertisements, which account for 98% of its annual revenue.

"We estimate that fake accounts represented approximately 3-4 per cent of monthly active users on Facebook during Q1 2018 and Q4 2017", the report said.

"Of every 10,000 content views, an estimate of 22 to 27 contained graphic violence, compared to an estimate of 16 to 19 last quarter", Xinhua quoted the report as saying. However Facebook still removed 2.5 million pieces of hate speech in Q1 2018, 38% of which was flagged by its technology. While the company seems to be very proficient at removing nudity and terrorist propaganda, it's lagging behind when it comes to hate speech. However for hate speech, Rosen said, "our technology still doesn't work that well".

"These kinds of metrics can help our teams understand what's actually happening to 2-plus billion people", he said.

As Mark said at F8 we have a lot of work still to do to prevent abuse.

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"Artificial intelligence isn't good enough yet to determine whether someone is pushing hate or describing something that happened to them so they can raise awareness of the issue", said Rosen.

Improved technology using artificial intelligence had helped it act on 3.4 million posts containing graphic violence, almost three times more than it had in the last quarter of 2017. The company credited better detection, even as it said computer programs have trouble understanding context and tone of language.

The report also addressed that users will be notified about the detection of these flagged posts and this amounts to 85.6 percent of the user base.

"We believe that increased transparency tends to lead to increased accountability and responsibility over time, and publishing this information will push us to improve more quickly too", he said.

It claimed to detect nearly 100 percent of spam and to have removed 837 million posts assimilated to spam over the same period.

Since the fallout over political firm Cambridge Analytica obtaining millions of Facebook users' data without their permission, Facebook reiterated its commitment to being more transparent.

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