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Facebook details policing for sex, terror and hate content

16 May 2018

The findings, its first public look at internal moderation figures, illustrate the gargantuan task Facebook faces in cleaning up the world's largest social network, where artificial-intelligence systems and thousands of human moderators are fighting back a wave of offensive content and abuse.

Facebook on Tuesday released numbers on the kinds of content-and how much of it-the company has removed in recent months.

The report details Facebook's enforcement efforts from October to March and covers hate speech, fake accounts and spam, terrorist propaganda, graphic violence, adult nudity and sexual activity.

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In 85.6 per cent of the cases, Facebook detected the images before being alerted to them by users, said the report, issued the day after the company said about 200 apps had been suspended on its platform as part of an investigation into misuse of private user data.

The firm disabled about 583 million fake accounts which were disabled minutes after registering. In addition, Facebook stated that from the remaining accounts, a mere three to four percent were fake. Additionally, the site got rid of 21 million examples of adult nudity, 3.5 million violent posts and 2.5 million pieces of hate speech.

Facebook on Tuesday unveiled for the first time a transparency report that shows an increasing number of posts identified as containing graphic violence in the first of quarter of 2018. A Washington Post report earlier this month found that the company's facial-recognition tool, which the company says could help spot impostor accounts, reviews only a small fraction of the site's roughly 2 billion monthly active users.

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"Of every 10,000 content views, an estimate of 22 to 27 contained graphic violence, compared to an estimate of 16 to 19 last quarter", Xinhua quoted the report as saying. Facebook said that Zuckerberg "has no plans to travel to the United Kingdom", said Damian Collins, the leader of the UK's Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee, in a statement Tuesday.

How much content we detected proactively using our technology - before people who use Facebook reported it. "It's partly that technology like artificial intelligence, while promising, is still years away from being effective for most bad content because context is so important".

Facebook has faced fierce criticism from governments and rights groups for failing to do enough to stem hate speech and prevent the service from being used to promote terrorism, stir sectarian conflict and broadcast acts including murder and suicide. "While not always flawless, this combination helps us find and flag potentially violating content at scale before many people see or report it". "This is the same data we use to measure our progress internally - and you can now see it to judge our progress for yourselves".

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The committee has also urged Facebook boss Mark Zuckerberg to appear before them, adding that it would be open to taking evidence from the billionaire company founder via video link if he would not attend in person.

Facebook details policing for sex, terror and hate content