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Facebook closed 583m fake accounts in first three months of 2018

Facebook closed 583m fake accounts in first three months of 2018

According to the numbers, covering the six-month period from October 2017 to March 2018, Facebook's automated systems remove millions of pieces of spam, pornography, graphic violence and fake accounts quickly - but that hate-speech content, including terrorist propaganda, still requires extensive manual review to identify.

But Facebook also moderated 2.5m pieces of hate speech, 1.9m pieces of terrorist propaganda, 3.4m pieces of graphic violence and 21m pieces of content featuring adult nudity and sexual activity.

"We're not releasing that in this particular report", said Alex Schultz, the company's vice president of data analytics.

The company removed or put a warning screen for graphic violence in front of 3.4 million pieces of content in the first quarter, almost triple the 1.2 million a quarter earlier, according to the report.

Facebook banned "about 583 million fake accounts - most of which were disabled within minutes of registration".

Facebook gave out its updated figures after revealing that it has suspended 200 apps from its service in a post Cambridge Analytica investigation, aimed at stamping out inappropriate use of user data.

One hypothesis for the increase, Schultz said, is that "in [the most recent quarter], some bad stuff happened in Syria".

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In the first quarter of 2018, Facebook removed 2.5 million pieces of hate speech from its social network. "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".

However, it declined to say how many minors - legal users who are between the ages of 13 and 17 - saw the offending content. During Q1, Facebook found and flagged 85.6% of such content it took action on before users reported it, up from 71.6% in Q4. The company didn't provide a number of views, but said it was "extremely low". "While not always ideal, this combination helps us find and flag potentially violating content at scale before many people see or report it".

Facebook said in a written report that of every 10,000 pieces of content viewed in the first quarter, an estimated 22 to 27 pieces contained graphic violence, up from an estimate of 16 to 19 late previous year.

Utilizing new artificial-intelligence-based technology, Facebook can find and moderate content more rapidly and effectively than the traditional, human counterpart-that is, in terms of detecting fake accounts or spam, at least.

The report comes in the face of increasing criticism about how Facebook controls the content it shows to users, though the company was clear to highlight that its new methods are evolving and aren't set in stone, CNET's Parker reports. Fake accounts make up around 3 to 4 per cent of active accounts. The inaugural report was meant to "help our teams understand what is happening" on the site, he said. Facebook also stops millions of fake accounts from even signing up for its service each day.

Facebook says AI has played an increasing role in flagging this content.


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