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Facebook Removed 2.5 MILLION Pieces of 'Hate Speech' in Just Three Months
16 May 2018, 01:59 | Edward Lowe
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The report covers the six months from October 2017 to March 2018, and also covered graphic violence, nudity and sex, terrorist propaganda, spam and fake accounts.
21 million pieces of content depicting inappropriate adult nudity and sexual activity were taken down, 96 percent of which were first flagged by Facebook's tools.
The social media platform revealed the figures in its updated transparency report, which included details for the first time on how much content it removed from Facebook and the type of content it was taking down.
Facebook "took action" on 3.4 million pieces of content that contained graphic violence.
The company took down 837 million pieces of spam in Q1 2018, almost all of which was flagged before any users reported it.
However, it said that most of the 583m fake accounts were disabled "within minutes of registration" and that it prevents "millions of fake accounts" on a daily basis from registering.
[Image: courtesy of Facebook] That's not to say, of course, that such content never shows up-just that, at scale, Facebook is able to remove most of it, often before its 2.2 billion users ever see it.
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On Tuesday morning, Facebook released its Community Standards Enforcement Preliminary Report, providing a look at the social network's methods for tracking content that violates its standards, how it responds to those violations, and how much content the company has recently removed. Nearly 100 per cent of the spam and 96 per cent of the adult nudity was flagged for takedown, with the help of technology, before any Facebook users complained about it. "This is especially true where we've been able to build artificial intelligence technology that automatically identifies content that might violate our standards".
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.
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However, it declined to say how many minors - legal users who are between the ages of 13 and 17 - saw the offending content. Facebook said the number tends to fluctuate from quarter to quarter.
"For hate speech, our technology still doesn't work that well and so it needs to be checked by our review teams", Guy Rosen, Facebook's VP of product management, said in a blog post.
It also means content in private groups, which will never be reported by members of the group, can be flagged and dealt with.
In terms of disturbing content, the company's moderation guidelines specifically distinguish between revenge porn, suicidal posts, credible violence, bullying, and more. Facebook still estimates that fake profiles represent 3 per cent to 4 per cent of monthly active users. However, when it came to hate speech, the company's technology only flagged around 38 percent of posts that it took action on and Facebook notes it has more work to do there.
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