Around 600 Million Accounts Deleted From Facebook. Is Yours Next?

Facebook On A Cleanup Spree...Closes 583 m Fake Accounts From Jan To March 2018

Facebook says it took down 2 million terrorism posts in 2018

From this it follows that for the detection of hateful speech, the company still relies mostly on other people, not on the computer system.

The company's VP of product management, Guy Rosen stated that the company had massively stepped up its efforts in the last 18 months to flag as well as remove inappropriate content from its social media platform.

According to Facebook, a huge majority of their action against user content was against spam and fake accounts.

Facebook's self-assessment showed its screening system is far better at scrubbing graphic violence, gratuitous nudity and terrorist propaganda.

Some 99.5 percent of the terrorism-related content was flagged by artificial intelligence technology. The rest came after Facebook users flagged the offending content for review.

All told, Facebook took action on almost 1.6 billion pieces of content during the six months ending in March, a tiny fraction of all the activity on its social network, according to the company.

The report marked Facebook's first breakdown on how much material it removes for violating its policies. York said that this was a good move and was long awaited.

Facebook's new report, which it plans to update twice a year, comes a month after the company published its internal rules for how reviewers decide what content should be removed. In addition to that, when it comes to spam content, 837 Million pieces were removed, without even being reported by people. In terms of numbers, the objectionable content floating around on Facebook, at least the ones it has caught, are simply staggering.

Despite its increased efforts, posts about graphic violence continue to be shared on the social media platform, especially in countries such as Myanmar and Sri Lanka.

Fake accounts on Facebook have been drawing more attention because Russian agents used them to buy ads to try to influence the 2016 election in the U.S.

After the tremendous chore of protests against the misuse of data, Facebook has initiated a few steps to get rid of the fake accounts. The social media giant has made a decision to eliminate all the glitches of the site by axing 583 million fake accounts (that's nearly a quarter of the total accounts) in the first three months of 2018 as a way to enforce community standards.

"It's like trying to figure out the equivalent between screaming 'Fire!' in a crowded theater when there is none and the equivalent of saying something that is uncomfortable but qualifies as free speech", he said.

The New York Times reported that Facebook is finally revealing how it deals with posts related to nudity, violence, hate speeches and other kinds of inflammatory comments on its platform. In this endeavor, it has removed around 1.5 billion posts as well as accounts since the advent of 2018.

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