Tuesday, 22 May, 2018

Facebook took down 21 million pieces of adult nudity in three months

Facebook has already removed 583 million fake accounts this year Facebook deleted 583 million fake accounts in the first three months of 2018
Preston Stone | 16 May, 2018, 01:36

Adult nudity and sexual activity: Facebook says.07% to.09% of views contained such content in Q1, up from.06% to.08% in Q4.

The firm disabled about 583 million fake accounts which were disabled minutes after registering. It attributed the increase to "improvements in our ability to find violating content using photo-detection technology, which detects both old content and newly posted content".

The company removed or put a warning screen for graphic violence in front of 3.4 million pieces of content in the first quarter, almost triple the 1.2 million a quarter earlier, according to the report.

Facebook said in a written report that of every 10,000 pieces of content viewed in the first quarter, an estimated 22 to 27 pieces contained graphic violence, up from an estimate of 16 to 19 late past year. For instance, Alex Schultz, the company's vice-president of data analytics, said the amount of content moderated for graphic violence nearly tripled quarter-on-quarter.

This, the company says, is because there is little of it in the first place and because most is removed before it is seen.

[Image: courtesy of Facebook]"We aim to reduce violations to the point that our community doesn't regularly experience them", Rosen and vice president of data analytics Alex Schultz write in the report.

The prevalence of graphic violence was higher and received 22 to 27 views-an increase from the previous quarter that suggests more Facebook users are sharing violent content on the platform, the company said.

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As Facebook continues to grapple with spam, hate speech, and other undesirable content, the company is shedding more light on just how much content it is taking down or flagging each day. It said it estimates that between 7 and 9 views out of every 10,000 pieces of content viewed on the social media platform were of content that violated the company's adult nudity and pornography standards.

The company said in the first quarter it took action on 837 million pieces of content for spam, 21 million pieces of content for adult nudity or sexual activity and 1.9 million for promoting terrorism. The renewed attempt at transparency is a nice start for a company that has come under fire for allowing its social network to host all kinds of offensive content. "We removed 2.5 million pieces of hate speech in Q1 2018 - 38% of which was flagged by our technology".

The social networking giant also said that it disabled 583m fake accounts in the first quarter of the year and now estimates that between 3pc and 4pc of all active accounts during the period were fake.

With regards to graphic violence, 3.5 million items were removed in Q1 2018 and 86% was flagged before it was reported.

"Hate speech content often requires detailed scrutiny by our trained reviewers to understand context and decide whether the material violates standards", the company added in the report. "This is especially true where we've been able to build artificial intelligence technology that automatically identifies content that might violate our standards".

The report also covers fake accounts, which has gotten more attention in recent months after it was revealed that Russian agents used fake accounts to buy ads to try to influence the 2016 elections. It says it found and flagged almost 100% of spam content in both Q1 and Q4.

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