Facebook's first enforcement report shows 583 mln fake accounts disabled in Q1

Wednesday 16 May 2018 | 08:30 CET | News
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. Most of the action taken was to remove spam content and the fake accounts used to distribute that spam. Facebook noted that while its artificial intelligence technology found and flagged many standard violations, more progress needed to be done.

In the first quarter, the company took down 837 million pieces of spam, nearly 100 percent of which was found and flagged before anyone reported it. The company disabled 583 million fake accounts, many within minutes of registration. It believes about 3-4 percent of active Facebook accounts on the site in Q1 were still fake. 

Facebook also took down 21 million pieces of adult nudity and sexual activity in the quarter, 96 percent of which was found and flagged by its technology before it was reported. The company estimates that out of every 10,000 pieces of content viewed on Facebook, 7-9 views were of content that violated its adult nudity and pornography standards.

For graphic violence, the company took down or applied warning labels to about 3.5 million pieces, 86 percent of which was identified by technology before it was reported.

Hate speech is checked by review teams rather than technology. The company removed 2.5 million pieces of hate speech in Q1, 38 percent of which was flagged by its technology.

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Categories: Internet
Companies: Facebook
Countries: World
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