Facebook took down 21 million pieces of adult nudity in three months

Facebook Posts Report Card on How It's Policing Fakes and Content

Facebook struggles to get machines to stamp out hate speech

The report that went live yesterday compares much of Facebooks action against spam from Q4 2017 to Q1 2018.

Facebook axed 583 million fake accounts in the first three months of 2018, the social media giant has said, detailing how it enforces "community standards" against sexual or violent images, terrorist propaganda or hate speech.

On Tuesday, Facebook said it took action on some 2.5 million hateful pieces of content in the first three months of 2018, up from 1.6 million in the last three months of 2017.

Meanwhile, Facebook's rate of squashing fake accounts is actually decreasing.

Responding to calls for transparency after the Cambridge Analytica data privacy scandal, Facebook yesterday said those closures came on top of blocking millions of attempts to create fake accounts every day.

On Tuesday, May 15, Guy Rosen, Facebook's Vice President of Product Management, posted a blog post on the company's newsroom. It believes about 3-4 percent of active Facebook accounts on the site in Q1 were still fake. 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. While the company seems to be very proficient at removing nudity and terrorist propaganda, it's lagging behind when it comes to hate speech.

Facebook defines content of graphic violence as the information that glorifies violence or celebrates the suffering or humiliation of others, which it says may be covered with a warning and prevented from being shown to underage viewers.

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Facebook's policing efforts are aimed at maintaining a family-friendly atmosphere for users and advertisers. "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".

On the other hand, Facebook only took down 2.5 million posts containing hate speech.

"Artificial intelligence isn't good enough yet to determine whether someone is pushing hate or describing something that happened to them so they can raise awareness of the issue", said Rosen.

Small doses of nudity and graphic violence still make their way onto Facebook, even as the company is getting better at detecting some objectionable content, according to a new report.

Nearly 86 percent was found by the firm's technology before it was reported by users. "This is the same data we use to measure our progress internally - and you can now see it to judge our progress for yourselves".

The committee has also urged Facebook boss Mark Zuckerberg to appear before them, adding that it would be open to taking evidence from the billionaire company founder via video link if he would not attend in person.

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