Facebook has deleted millions of spam posts and fake accounts

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Facebook's latest transparency move is showing you how much objectionable content it removes

Facebook's head of global policy management Monika Bicket said the group had kept a commitment to recruit 3,000 more staff to lift the numbers dedicated to enforcing standards to 7,500 at the start of this year.

This report covers our enforcement efforts between October 2017 to March 2018 and covers six areas: graphic violence, adult nudity and sexual activity, terrorist propaganda, hate speech, spam, and fake accounts.

The self-assessment came Tuesday in Facebook's first breakdown of how much material it removes in an effort to shield its 2.2 billion users from offensive content and prevent the social network from becoming a terrorist recruitment center. If Facebook tamps down on bad content, as some analysts predict, it is unlikely to lose users and advertisements, which account for 98% of its annual revenue. Facebook said more than 98 percent of the accounts were caught before users reported them.

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A new report provides data that there have been deletions of 583 million fake Facebook accounts in 2018 as well as numerous enforcements agains content inappropriate for the social media platform.

This, Rosen says, is in addition to the millions of fake accounts that are blocked from registering on a daily basis yet even still, it is estimated that as many as four percent of the active Facebook accounts during the quarter were still fake. "In other words, of every 10,000 content views, an estimate of 22 to 27 contained graphic violence", the report said. Additionally, the site got rid of 21 million examples of adult nudity, 3.5 million violent posts and 2.5 million pieces of hate speech.

Only 38% of the deleted posts with hate speech and xenophobia was discovered AI.

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Facebook acknowledged it has work to do when it comes to properly removing hate speech.

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.

There is a full report but Facebook also published a more concise summary in its Newsroom blog. Almost all were dealt with before any alert was raised, the company said. In this case, 86% was flagged by its technology.

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"We believe that increased transparency tends to lead to increased accountability and responsibility over time, and publishing this information will push us to improve more quickly too", wrote Rosen. The Facebook leader added that the company would notify users if their data were compromised.

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