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Facebook says it took down 583 million fake accounts in Q1 2018
16 May 2018, 12:27 | Cesar Cruz
Facebook's latest transparency move is showing you how much objectionable content it removes
Facebook's renewed moderation effort of almost 1.5 billion accounts has resulted in 583 million fake accounts being closed in the first three months of this year, according to The Guardian.
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.
A spokeswoman later said that Facebook blocks "disturbing or sensitive content such as graphic violence" so that users under 18 can not see it "regardless of whether it is removed from Facebook".
The increased transparency comes as the Menlo Park, California, company tries to make amends for a privacy scandal triggered by loose policies that allowed a data-mining company with ties to President Donald Trump's 2016 campaign to harvest personal information on as many as 87 million users.
"As Mark Zuckerberg said at F8, we have a lot of work still to do to prevent abuse", Guy Rosen, vice president of product management, wrote in a blog post announcing the report.
For example, the report notes that during the period it covers-the fourth quarter of 2017 and the first quarter of 2018-Facebook removed 21 million pieces of content depicting adult nudity or sexual content, 95.8% of it before any user ever reported it.
"Yes there are clear skews in many of these metrics", said Schultz.
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Facebook also managed to increase the amount of content taken down with new AI-based tools which it used to find and moderate content without needing individual users to flag it as suspicious. It attributed the increase to "improvements in our ability to find violating content using photo-detection technology, which detects both old content and newly posted content".
In total the social network took action on 3.4m posts or parts of posts that contained such content.
Terrorist propaganda (ISIS, Al Qaeda, and affiliates): Facebook says it took action on 1.9 million pieces of such content, and found and flagged 99.5% of such content before anyone reported it.
While artificial intelligence is able to sort through nearly all spam and content glorifying al-Qaeda and ISIS and most violent and sexually explicit content, it is not yet able to do the same for attacks on people based on personal attributes like race, ethnicity, religion, or sexual and gender identity, the company said in its first ever Community Standards Enforcement Report. "Hate speech content often requires detailed scrutiny by our trained reviewers to understand context", explains the report, "and decide whether the material violates standards, so we tend to find and flag less of it".
Facebook took action on 1.9 million pieces of content over terrorist propaganda. During Q1, Facebook found and flagged 98.5% of fake accounts it ultimately took action against before any user reported them.
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