Facebook closes 583 million fake accounts

Facebook struggles to get machines to stamp out hate speech

Within each category are bar graphs showing how many pieces of said content were removed by moderation, including how many were removed by Facebook's automatic detection technology.

Along with fake accounts, Facebook said in its transparency report that it had removed 21 million pieces of content featuring sex or nudity, 2.5 million pieces of hate speech and nearly 2 million items related to terrorism by Al Qaida and ISIS in the first quarter of 2018. In the first quarter, Facebook disabled about 583 million fake accounts and removed 837 million pieces of spam, the report said.

In its first public release of such data, Facebook said that of every 10,000 pieces of content viewed on the social platform in the first quarter, an estimated 22 to 27 pieces contained graphic violence, up from an estimate of 16 to 19 late past year, Reuters reports. During Q1, the social network flagged 96 percent of all nudity before users reported it.

Facebook took down 837 million pieces of spam in Q1 2018, almost 100% of which it found and flagged before anyone reported it.

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's vice president of product management, Guy Rosen, noted that the social network has increased its efforts significantly over the past year and a half, in order to flag and remove content that is inappropriate and derogatory.

Vice-President of Data Analytics Alex Schultz told the Guardian that Facebook just needs to figure out how to categorize those things for the report.

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More than a quarter of the human race accesses the platform, with two billion monthly users.

"Of every 10,000 content views, an estimate of 22 to 27 contained graphic violence, compared to an estimate of 16 to 19 last quarter", Xinhua quoted the report as saying. But only 38 percent of hate speech was noticed by the AI.

He said technology like artificial intelligence is still years from effectively detecting most bad content because context is so important.

"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", said Rosen. The company attributed the decline to the "variability of our detection technology's ability to find and flag" fakes.

"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", he said. "This is the same data we use to measure our progress internally - and you can now see it to judge our progress for yourselves".

While AI is getting more effective at flagging content, Facebook's human reviewers still have to finish the job. "We look forward to your feedback".

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