Facebook Deletes 500 Million Fake Accounts In Effort To Clean Up Network
Facebook Deletes 500 Million Fake Accounts In Effort To Clean Up Network
Facebook deleted 583 million fake accounts in the first three months of 2018
16 May, 2018, 00:30
The 86-page report also detailed the rise in posts containing graphic violence in the first quarter of the year, with 22 to 27 pieces out of 10,000 containing violence up from an estimate of 16 to 19 late in 2017.
Spam and fake accounts were the most prevalent and in the first quarter of this year, Facebook removed 837 million pieces of spam and 583 million fake accounts.
"We're sharing these because we think we need to be accountable", vice president of product management Guy Rosen said during a press briefing on the new report. Additionally, the company acted on 21 million pieces of nudity and sexual activity, 3.5 million posts that displayed violent content, 2.5 million examples of hate speech and 1.9 million pieces of terrorist content. It attributed the increase to "improvements in our ability to find violating content using photo-detection technology, which detects both old content and newly posted content".
The release of the report-the first time the company has ever made such data public-comes on the heels of a series of other first-ever efforts at transparency following the Cambridge Analytica scandal, Facebook's subsequent apologies, and Mark Zuckerberg's many hours of testimony on Capitol Hill.
A spokeswoman later said that Facebook blocks "disturbing or sensitive content such as graphic violence" so that users under 18 can not see it "regardless of whether it is removed from Facebook". The rate at which we can do this is high for some violations, meaning we find and flag most content before users do.
However, it declined to say how many minors - legal users who are between the ages of 13 and 17 - saw the offending content.
Facebook's renewed moderation effort of almost 1.5 billion accounts has resulted in 583 million fake accounts being closed in the first three months of this year, according to The Guardian.
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.
Hate speech: In Q1, the company took action on 2.5 million pieces of such content, up about 56% from 1.6 million during Q4.
Rosen even specifically admitted that "for hate speech, our technology still doesn't work that well", so Facebook employs review teams to fill in the purported gaps - which is part of somewhat widespread concerns that the company is over-censoring. Current estimates by the firm suggest 3-4% of active Facebook accounts on the site between October 2017 and March were fake.
[Image: courtesy of Facebook]"We aim to reduce violations to the point that our community doesn't regularly experience them", Rosen and vice president of data analytics Alex Schultz write in the report.
The social network says when action is taken on flagged content it does not necessarily mean it has been taken down.
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