Nudity, hate speech and spam: Facebook reveals how much content it kills


Facebook's latest transparency move is showing you how much objectionable content it removes

Most of the action Facebook took to remove bad content is around spam and the fake accounts used to distribute it.

Facebook only recently developed the metrics as a way to measure its progress, and would probably change them over time, said Guy Rosen, its vice president of product management.

Even after all that disabling, though, Facebook has said that 3 percent to 4 percent of its active monthly users are fake, meaning up to 88 million fake accounts slip through.

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.

We took down 21 million pieces of adult nudity or porn in Q1 2018 - 96 percent of which was found and flagged by our technology before it was reported. For every 10,000 views of content on Facebook, the company said, roughly 8 of them were removed for featuring sex or nudity in the first quarter, up from 7 views at the end of past year.

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.

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The social network's global scale - and the extensive efforts it undertakes to keep the platform from descending into chaos - was outlined Tuesday in its first ever transparency report. Almost all were dealt with before any alert was raised, the company said. The only category AI flagged first less than 86 percent of the time was hate speech, which it flagged first 38 percent of the time. Providing users with a look into just how much work goes into keeping the social media platform free from those looking to abuse their freedom of speech. "We tend to find and flag less of it, and rely more on user reports, than with some other violation types".

It's also why we are publishing this information.

"My top priorities this year are keeping people safe and developing new ways for our community to participate in governance and holding us accountable", wrote Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg in a post, adding: "We have a lot more work to do".

"Today's report gives you a detailed description of our internal processes and data methodology".

While the removal of 583 million fake Facebook accounts is certainly noteworthy, it does little to address concerns regarding actual user privacy.

Meanwhile, Facebook said on Monday it has suspended around 200 apps as part of its investigation into whether companies misused personal user data gathered from the social network.

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