Facebook has removed 583 million fake accounts this year

Facebook has removed 583 million fake accounts this year

Facebook has removed 583 million fake accounts this year

The number of posts on Facebook showing graphic violence rose in the first quarter of this year from the preceding three months, possibly driven by the war in Syria, the company said on Tuesday.

While the removal of 583 million fake Facebook accounts is certainly noteworthy, it does little to address concerns regarding actual user privacy. He noted that the social media company immediately disabled the accounts once they were registered.

Facebook has faced fierce criticism from governments and rights groups for failing to do enough to stem hate speech and prevent the service from being used to promote terrorism, stir sectarian conflict and broadcast acts including murder and suicide. Facebook said automated tools detected 86 percent to 99.5 percent of the violations in those categories. However for hate speech, Rosen said, "our technology still doesn't work that well".

For years, Facebook has relied on users to report offensive and threatening content.

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. It didn't disclose how long it takes Facebook to remove material violating its standards.

Why the numbers matter: The report gives us a picture of the sheer quantity of content Facebook's software and human moderators are churning through.

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.

The company estimated that for every 10,000 pieces of content seen on Facebook overall, between seven and nine of them violated its adult nudity and pornography standards.

The report did not contain quantitative indicators, characterizing the struggle of the social network with fake news. Facebook often mistakenly suspends the accounts of prominent conservatives only to restore them later - the most recent example being Islam critic Pamela Geller.

The prevalence of graphic violence was higher and received 22 to 27 views-an increase from the previous quarter that suggests more Facebook users are sharing violent content on the platform, the company said.

"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", Carone said.

Other findings in a release from Facebook showed that the company took down 21 million posts for adult nudity. The company credited better detection, even as it said computer programs have trouble understanding context and tone of language.

Facebook took down or applied warning labels to 3.4 million pieces of violent content in the three months to March - a 183 percent increase from the final quarter of 2017.

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