Facebook says it took down 583 million fake accounts in Q1 2018

Entrance to Facebook's Menlo Park office

Entrance to Facebook's Menlo Park office

"As Mark Zuckerberg said at F8, we have a lot of work still to do to prevent abuse", Guy Rosen, vice president of product management, wrote in a blog post announcing the report. "Accountable to the community".

For example, the report notes that during the period it covers-the fourth quarter of 2017 and the first quarter of 2018-Facebook removed 21 million pieces of content depicting adult nudity or sexual content, 95.8% of it before any user ever reported it.

Facebook has made an effort of late to be more transparent about issues on its platform. It's an attempt to open up about how Facebook is doing at removing bad content from our site, so you can be the judge.

These releases come in the wake of the Cambridge Analytica scandal, which has left the company battling to restore its reputation with users and developers - though employees have said the decision to release the Community Standards was not driven by recent events. "It's why we're investing heavily in more people and better technology to make Facebook safer for everyone".

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. "This is especially true where we've been able to build artificial intelligence technology that automatically identifies content that might violate our standards".

The data also illustrates where Facebook's AI moderation systems are effectively identifying and taking down problematic content - and the areas where it still struggles to identify problems. Rosen added that the reviewers will speak 50 languages in order to be able to understand as much context as possible about content since, in many cases, context is everything in determining if something is, say, a racial epithet aimed at someone, or a self-referential comment.

The amount of content moderated by Facebook is influenced by both the company's ability to find and act on infringing material, and the sheer quantity of items posted by users.

The company said most of the increase was the result of improvements in detection technology.

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The social media giant promised the report will be the first of a series seeking to measure how prevalent violations of its content rules are, how much content they remove or otherwise take action on, how much of it they find before it is flagged by users, and how quickly they take action on violations.

In total the social network took action on 3.4m posts or parts of posts that contained such content. The company found and flagged 95.8% of such content before users reported it.

Several categories of violating content outlined in Facebook's moderation guidelines - including child sexual exploitation imagery, revenge porn, credible violence, suicidal posts, bullying, harassment, privacy breaches and copyright infringement - are not included in the report.

Facebook took action on 2.5 million pieces of content over hate speech, but doesn't have view numbers as it is still "developing measurement methods for this violation type". Facebook hopes to continue publishing reports about its content removal every quarter.

It took action on 837 million pieces of spam, though it didn't have view numbers.

Fake accounts: The company says it disabled between 3% and 4% of monthly active users during Q1 and Q4.

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

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