Facebook disabled 1.3B fake accounts in 6 months

16 May, 2018, 08:07 | Author: Regina Lloyd
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21m pieces of adult nudity and sexual activity were pulled in Q1, 96pc of which the company said was flagged by technology before it was reported.

"Hate speech content often requires detailed scrutiny by our trained reviewers to understand context and decide whether the material violates standards, so we tend to find and flag less of it, and rely more on user reports, than with some other violation types", the report says.

Facebook on Tuesday published a community standards enforcement report for the first time, to allow users to "judge their performance" on efforts to crack down on posts that violate their standards. 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.

"For hate speech, our technology still doesn't work that well and so it needs to be checked by our review teams", Guy Rosen, Facebook's VP of product management, said in a blog post.

After admitting that it let Cambridge Analytica use its network to grab unwitting users' data, Facebook has been on thin ice with both consumers and government officials.

However, the enforcement data from Facebook isn't complete.

Getting rid of racist, sexist and other hateful remarks on Facebook is challenging for the company because computer programs have difficulties understanding the nuances of human language, the company said Tuesday.




"Most of the fake accounts were removed within minutes of being registered", he said, adding that his top priorities this year are keeping people safe and developing new ways to improve governance.

Facebook said that for every 10,000 content views, an average of 22 to 27 contained graphic violence, up from 16 to 19 in the previous quarter, a rise that was attributed to the rising volume of graphic content being shared on Facebook.

But it declined to say which countries see more of the offending content or which category of users. Facebook also took down over 837 million pieces of spam during 2018's first quarter. But of the more recent total, only 38 percent was flagged by Facebook before users reported it (an improvement on the 23.6 percent in the prior three months). The company's internal "detection technology" has been efficient at taking down spam and fake accounts, removing them by the hundreds of millions during Q1.

Facebook previously estimated fake accounts as accounting for 3 percent to 4 percent of its monthly active users.

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.

Commons Culture Committee chairman Damian Collins said Facebook failed to provide "a sufficient level of detail and transparency" in its response following an appearance by chief technology officer Mike Schroepfer.

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