Published: Wed, May 16, 2018
Hi-Tech | By Preston Stone

Facebook disabled 583 mln fake accounts in Q1

Facebook disabled 583 mln fake accounts in Q1

The report, released Tuesday, revealed how much content has been removed for violating standards.

Along with fake accounts, Facebook said in its transparency report that it had removed 21 million pieces of content featuring sex or nudity, 2.5 million pieces of hate speech and nearly 2 million items related to terrorism by Al Qaida and ISIS in the first quarter of 2018.

Facebook claims that it can now detect every spam post and through artificial intelligence, it will be able to remove posts without a moment's delay if it propagates terrorism, violence or sexual content on its website.

Most of the 583 million fake accounts Facebook disabled in Q1 were disabled "within minutes of registration".

Over the last 18 months Facebook has significantly increased the measures aimed at identifying inappropriate content and protect users, said Vice-President of product management, guy Rosen.

- Facebook took enforcement action against 21 million posts containing nudity.

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Facebook pulled or slapped warnings on almost 30 million posts containing sexual or violent images, terrorist propaganda or hate speech during the first quarter. This is trumpeted as a victory, as Facebook says that close to 100 percent of these incidents were detected by its own algorithms before users noticed anything happened.

Small doses of nudity and graphic violence still make their way onto Facebook, even as the company is getting better at detecting some objectionable content, according to a new report. "We tend to find and flag less of it, and rely more on user reports, than with some other violation types". Enhanced photodetection process has also helped Facebook delete 1.9 million posts that spread terrorist propaganda without affecting users on a major scale. Facebook said that Zuckerberg "has no plans to travel to the United Kingdom", said Damian Collins, the leader of the UK's Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee, in a statement Tuesday.

Facebook took action against 2.5 million pieces of hate speech content during the period, a 56 increase over October-December.

"As Mark Zuckerberg said at F8, we have a lot of work still to do to prevent abuse, .It's partly that technology like artificial intelligence, while promising, is still years away from being effective for most bad content because context is so important". It said the rise was due to improvements in detection.

"In addition, in many areas - whether it's spam, porn or fake accounts - we're up against sophisticated adversaries who continually change tactics to circumvent our controls, which means we must continuously build and adapt our efforts".

Facebook, the world's largest social media firm, has never previously released detailed data about the kinds of posts it takes down for violating its rules.

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