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Facebook disabled 583 mln fake accounts in Q1

Facebook disabled 583 mln fake accounts in Q1

The rest came after Facebook users flagged the offending content for review. Now, it's implementing a new playbook, as well as releasing the findings of its internal audits twice a year, CNET's Jason Parker reports.

Facebook removed almost 30 million posts it deemed as graphic violence, adult nudity and sexual activity, terrorist propaganda and hate speech. Still, the reality of the matter is that even these small number of accounts and posts can have a marked effect on the quality of the platform as a whole. The report shows just how much of that content was seen by Facebook users, how much was removed, and provides evidence that 583 million fake Facebook accounts were deleted.

Facebook has published official numbers on its enforcement efforts for the first time in its history.

How much content we detected proactively using our technology - before people who use Facebook reported it. Most recently, the scandal involving digital consultancy Cambridge Analytica, which allegedly improperly accessed the data of up to 87 million Facebook users, put the company's content moderation into the spotlight.

Under increasing pressure to disclose how it polices its platform, Facebook revealed it took down 837 million pieces of spam content between January and March of this year. The company says machine-learning algorithms are being used to locate older posts, hence the increase.

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. Three to 4 percent of Facebook's monthly users are fake.

Hate speech is checked by review teams rather than technology.

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

It attributed the increase to the enhanced use of photo detection technology.

Nearly 86 percent was found by the firm's technology before it was reported by users. But, as Schultz made clear, none of this is complete. "And it's created to make it easy for scholars, policymakers and community groups to give us feedback so that we can do better over time". To that end, the company is scheduling summits around the globe to discuss this topic, starting Tuesday in Paris.

Representatives will also visit Oxford, England on Wednesday, May 16 and Berlin on May 17.

I am optimistic that over a five-to-10-year period we will have AI tools that can get into some of the linguistic nuances of different types of content to be more accurate.

Facebook, the world's largest social media firm, has never previously released detailed data about the kinds of posts it takes down for violating its rules. It said the rise was due to improvements in detection.