Facebook closes 583 million fake accounts

Facebook closes 583 million fake accounts

Facebook said Tuesday it took down almost 2 million posts related to terrorist propaganda this year before users reported them.

Facebook has released its Community Standards Enforcement Report which details the actions the firm has taken against content that's not allowed on its platform such as graphic violence, adult nudity and sexual activity, terrorist propaganda, hate speech, spam, and fake accounts.

The social media network took action against 1.9 million posts containing Islamic State, al-Qaida and related terrorism propaganda before users reported them in the first quarter of this year, Facebook said in a report. Facebook also stops millions of fake accounts from even signing up for its service each day.

The new report was released in conjunction with Facebook's latest Transparency Report, which said that across the world government requests for account data increased by four percent in the second half of 2017 compared to the first half.

"For graphic violence, we took down or applied warning labels to about 3.5 million pieces of violent content in Q1 2018 - 86 percent of which was identified by our technology before it was reported to Facebook", it said.

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Zuckerberg noted that there is still room for improvement with Facebook's AI tools - noticeably flagging hate-speech content. Hate speech is hard to flag using AI because it "often requires detailed scrutiny by our trained reviewers to understand context and decide whether the material violates standards", according to the report. The problem with trying to proactively scour Facebook for hate speech is that the company's AI can only understand so much at the moment.

"We have a lot of work still to do to prevent abuse", Zuckerberg said". Facebook noted that while its artificial intelligence technology found and flagged many standard violations, more progress needed to be done. While Facebook's facial recognition software might have evolved in the long run, it could only flag 38 percent of hate speeches that have been spread across its platform.

"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. It said the rise was due to improvements in detection.

While the removal of 583 million fake Facebook accounts is certainly noteworthy, it does little to address concerns regarding actual user privacy.

"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. The company's reputation took a serious hit after news broke of their alleged role in facilitating questionable use of user data and they desperately need a win to help get them back on their feet.

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