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Facebook Removed 2.5 Million Pieces of Hate Speech in the First Quarter

16 May 2018, 12:45 | Clyde Nash

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Facebook released its Community Standards Enforcement Preliminary Report on Tuesday, 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.

The first of what will be quarterly reports on standards enforcement should be as notable to investors as the company's quarterly earnings reports.

Facebook removed almost 30 million posts it deemed as graphic violence, adult nudity and sexual activity, terrorist propaganda and hate speech. The company will continue publishing reports about the content they removed every six months.

Most of the 583 million fake accounts Facebook disabled in Q1 were disabled "within minutes of registration".

Overall, Facebook estimates that around 3% to 4% of the active Facebook accounts on the site during this time period were still fake.

Facebook's internal technology flagged adult nudity or sexual content about 96% of the time before it was reported by users, according to the report.

Facebook took down 3.4 million pieces of graphic violence during the first three months of this year.

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The increased transparency comes as the Menlo Park, California, company tries to make amends for a privacy scandal triggered by loose policies that allowed a data-mining company with ties to President Donald Trump's 2016 campaign to harvest personal information on as many as 87 million users.

As the largest social network, Facebook is home to billions of users and billions more posts, photos and videos shared on a daily basis.

Facebook stated that artificial intelligence has played an essential role in helping the social media company flag down content.

While artificial intelligence is able to sort through nearly all spam and content glorifying al-Qaeda and ISIS and most violent and sexually explicit content, it is not yet able to do the same for attacks on people based on personal attributes like race, ethnicity, religion, or sexual and gender identity, the company said in its first ever Community Standards Enforcement Report.

"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.

"For example, 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". As indicated by the article, by Sheera Frenkel, Facebook has been under pressure to remove nudity, violence and hate speech, among other "inflammatory content". Find us on Facebook too! It provided a quarter-to-quarter comparison in its content-filtering efforts. "This is the same data we use to measure our progress internally - and you can now see it to judge our progress for yourselves".

Last month Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg faced criticism from civil society groups in Myanmar over how his company failed to detect violent messages from spreading across Facebook Messenger.



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