Facebook removed millions of user posts

Marco Green
November 14, 2019

In addition, Facebook said it removed 11.4 million instances of hate speech during the period, up from 7.5 million in the previous six months.

The world's biggest social network also disclosed for the first time how many posts it removed from popular photo-sharing app Instagram, which has been identified as a growing area of concern about fake news by disinformation researchers.

That's according to a report released Wednesday by Facebook that details how the social media company enforces its own content policies.

Law enforcement is concerned that Facebook's plans to provide greater privacy to users by encrypting the company's messaging services will hamper efforts to fight child abuse. "Of the accounts we actioned, the majority were caught within minutes of registration, before they became a part of our monthly active user (MAU) population", it wrote.

The company attributed that gap to the different features of Instagram compared to Facebook, which has more easily-scannable text content, and to the complexity of distinguishing between genuinely harmful content and frank accounts from mental health sufferers expressing their experiences. Facebook says its algorithms identified 99% of that content. Instagram removed another 754,000 pieces of content, with an automatic detection rate of just under 95%. That was up from 841,000 and 609,000 pieces respectively six months earlier.

Facebook also said it removed 1.7 billion fake accounts in the third quarter - 500 million fewer than it took down in the first quarter, when it eliminated a record 2.2 billion.

That more than doubles the number of fake accounts taken down during the same period previous year, when 1.55 billion accounts were removed, according to the report.

The Menlo Park, California-based firm said that over the past six months or so, it has improved its "ability to detect and block attempts to create fake, abusive accounts".

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