Facebook released data showing how many fake accounts, spam posts and other types of objectionable content it removed 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.
Facebook said Tuesday it took down 21 million "pieces of adult nudity and sexual activity" in the first quarter of 2018, and that 96 percent of that was discovered and flagged by the company's technology before it was reported.
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Facebook defines content of graphic violence as the information that glorifies violence or celebrates the suffering or humiliation of others, which it says may be covered with a warning and prevented from being shown to underage viewers.
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"For hate speech, our technology still doesn't work that well and so it needs to be checked by our review teams", said Guy Rosen, the company's vice-president of product management, in a statement posted online announcing the release of the report.
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.
In terms of graphic violent content, Facebook said more than 3.4 million posts were either taken down or given warning labels, 86% of which were spotted by its detection tools.
In the majority of cases, Facebook's automated systems actually did a pretty good job of both detecting and flagging content before users could even get the chance to report it.
It claimed to detect nearly 100 percent of spam and to have removed 837 million posts assimilated to spam over the same period. "We look forward to your feedback". The Facebook leader added that the company would notify users if their data were compromised.