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Facebook details policing for sex, terror, hate content

Facebook details policing for sex, terror, hate content”

But Facebook also moderated 2.5m pieces of hate speech, 1.9m pieces of terrorist propaganda, 3.4m pieces of graphic violence and 21m pieces of content featuring adult nudity and sexual activity.

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.

It's a major effort towards transparency from Facebook in the wake of the Cambridge Analytica scandal. Its systems spotted almost 100 percent of spam and terrorist propaganda, almost 99 percent of fake accounts and around 96 percent of posts with adult nudity and sexual activity.

[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.

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.

The social network estimates that it found and flagged 85% of that content prior to users seeing and reporting it - a higher level than previously due to technological advances.

Facebook took action on 1.9 million pieces of content over terrorist propaganda.

The figure represents between 0.22 and 0.27 percent of the total content viewed by Facebook's more than two billion users from January through March. "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".

But hate speech is a problem for Facebook today, as the company's struggle to stem the flow of fake news and content meant to encourage violence against Muslims in Myanmar has shown.

As Facebook continues to grapple with spam, hate speech, and other undesirable content, the company is shedding more light on just how much content it is taking down or flagging each day.

"Hate speech content often requires detailed scrutiny by our trained reviewers to understand context and decide whether the material violates standards, so we tend to find and flag less of it, and rely more on user reports, than with some other violation types", the report says.

Facebook disabled about 583 million fake accounts in Q1, most of which "were disabled within minutes of registration".

Facebook says 0.22-0.27% of views by users were of content that violated its standards around graphic violence in the period.

The company took down 837 million pieces of spam in Q1 2018, almost all of which was flagged before any users reported it.

This was up by three quarters from 1.1m during the previous quarter because of improvements in Facebook's ability to find such content using photo detection technology. Overall, the social giant estimated that around 3%-4% of active Facebook accounts on the site during Q1 were still fake.



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