Facebook has removed 583 million fake accounts this year

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Facebook last month published the internal guidelines it uses to determine what is and isn't permitted on the social network.

This report covers Facebook's enforcement efforts between October 2017 to March 2018, and it covers six areas: graphic violence, adult nudity and sexual activity, terrorist propaganda, hate speech, spam and fake accounts.

Facebook removed 583 million dummy accounts in the first quarter.

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

Facebook took action against 2.5 million pieces of content in the first quarter, up 56 per cent over the previous quarter.

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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In a self-assessment, Facebook said its policing system is better at scrubbing graphic violence, gratuitous nudity and terrorist propaganda.

Why Facebook released the report: This is part of an ongoing public relations campaign to persuade consumers they can trust Facebook and deflect growing scrutiny about its unchecked power and influence in the wake of the Cambridge Analytica leak and foreign interference in the 2016 presidential election.

Facebook plans to continue publishing new enforcement reports, and will refine its methodology on measuring which bad content circulates over the platform. Today's report, which will come out twice a year, can also show how well Facebook's artificial intelligence systems learn to flag items that violate the rules before anyone on the site can see them.

The company said government requests for account data rose globally by about 4% during the first half of 2018 compared to the first half of 2017. For example, some Facebook users were surprised recently to see "Does this post contain hate speech?" listed under every post in their News Feed.

Facebook has faced a storm of criticism for what critics have said was a failure to stop the spread of misleading or inflammatory information on its platform ahead of the US presidential election and the Brexit vote to leave the European Union, both in 2016. However for hate speech, Rosen said, "our technology still doesn't work that well".

Facebook also released statistics that quantified how pervasive fake accounts have become on its influential service, despite a long-standing policy requiring people to set up accounts under their real-life identities. The report shows that only 38 percent of hate speech posts had action taken against them before other users reported them. Facebook noted that while its artificial intelligence technology found and flagged many standard violations, more progress needed to be done. Providing users with a look into just how much work goes into keeping the social media platform free from those looking to abuse their freedom of speech. The Facebook leader added that the company would notify users if their data were compromised.

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