Facebook Removed 583 Million Fake Accounts This Year Alone

Facebook Removed 583 Million Fake Accounts This Year Alone

Facebook stepped further into its new era of data transparency Tuesday with the release of its inaugural Community Standards Enforcement Report.

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

Though this amount of transparency from Facebook is hugely acknowledged, it goes on to show the sheer extent of misinformation, fake accounts, and abusive content, the company is now dealing with.

These metrics may seem high, but when you consider the massive amount of both accounts and content that are going through Facebook each day, it's a relatively small fraction of the entirety of the social media platform.

Rosen continued to reveal that Facebook removed 583 million fake accounts between January and March of this year. In addition, Facebook stated that from the remaining accounts, a mere three to four percent were fake.

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 a year ago.

Facebook also took down 21 million pieces of adult nudity and sexual activity in the quarter, 96 percent of which was found and flagged by its technology before it was reported. But of the more recent total, only 38 percent was flagged by Facebook before users reported it (an improvement on the 23.6 percent in the prior three months).

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CNN did not include most of these complaints in its tally of cases because they could not all be verified with incident reports. That revelation kicked off 2017's annus horribilis , a year during which Uber saw itself bouncing from one crisis to the next.

"We have a lot of work still to do to prevent abuse", Zuckerberg said". "For hate speech, our technology still doesn't work that well and so it needs to be checked by our review teams".

The company has been using artificial intelligence to help pinpoint the bad content, but Rosen said the technology still struggles to understand the context around a Facebook post pushing hate, and one simply recounting a personal experience.

Facebook on Tuesday unveiled for the first time a transparency report that shows an increasing number of posts identified as containing graphic violence in the first of quarter of 2018.

Facebook has faced a storm of criticism for what critics have said was a failure to stop the spread of misleading or inflammatory information on its platform ahead of the US presidential election and the Brexit vote to leave the European Union, both in 2016. In this case, 86% was flagged by its technology.

It's also why we are publishing this information. "This is the same data we use to measure our progress internally - and you can now see it to judge our progress for yourselves".

Since the fallout over political firm Cambridge Analytica obtaining millions of Facebook users' data without their permission, Facebook reiterated its commitment to being more transparent.

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