Facebook Removed 2.5 Million Pieces of Hate Speech in the First Quarter

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During that period, Facebook removed 583 million fake accounts and 836 million spam posts, images, videos and comments.

Facebook released its Community Standards Enforcement Report to showcase what the company done to protect its users.

Had the company not shut down all those fake accounts, its audience of monthly users would have swelled beyond its current 2.2 billion and probably created more potentially offensive material for Facebook to weed out.

Today, Facebook released its first Community Standards Enforcement Report, which details millions of pieces of content that have been removed from the site in 2018 for violating the network's standards.

Facebook's internal technology flagged adult nudity or sexual content about 96% of the time before it was reported by users, according to the report.

He said technology like artificial intelligence is still years from effectively detecting most bad content because context is so important.

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"We have a lot of work still to do to prevent abuse", Facebook Product Management vice president Guy Rosen said. The Facebook leader hoped that the public would read the report to see how the company is acting to dilute a plethora of harmful activity.

The number of fake accounts is striking. In this case, 86% was flagged by its technology. "For hate speech, our technology still doesn't work that well and so it needs to be checked by our review teams". "Thanks to AI tools we've built, nearly all of the spam was removed before anyone reported it, and most of the fake accounts were removed within minutes of being registered". The inaugural report was meant to "help our teams understand what is happening" on the site, he said.

Facebook said in a written report that of every 10,000 pieces of content viewed in the first quarter, an estimated 22 to 27 pieces contained graphic violence, up from an estimate of 16 to 19 late previous year. Other summits are planned on May 16 in Oxford and May 17 in Berlin.

"If Mark Zuckerberg truly recognises the "seriousness" of these issues as they say they do, we would expect that he would want to appear", he said. That was less than 0.1 percent of viewed content - which includes text, images, videos, links, live videos or comments on posts - Facebook said, adding it had dealt with almost 96 percent of the cases before being alerted to them. The company's reputation took a serious hit after news broke of their alleged role in facilitating questionable use of user data and they desperately need a win to help get them back on their feet.

In the United Kingdom, Facebook this week again resisted a request from British lawmakers to testify as part of their investigation into Cambridge Analytica, a political consultancy that improperly accessed personal information about 87 million of the social site's users.

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