Facebook Trouble With Hate Speech

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Facebook revealed that the Community Standards Enforcement Report focused on suspicious activities that took place from October 2017 to March 2018.

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.

"Whether it's spam, porn or fake accounts, we're up against sophisticated adversaries who continually change tactics to circumvent our controls", Mr Rosen said. In Q1, Facebook disabled about 583 million fake accounts, most of which were disabled within minutes of registration. This is in addition to the millions of fake account attempts we prevent daily from ever registering with Facebook.

"We estimate that fake accounts represented approximately 3-4 per cent of monthly active users on Facebook during Q1 2018 and Q4 2017", the report said.

In its first public release of such data, Facebook said that of every 10,000 pieces of content viewed on the social platform in the first quarter, an estimated 22 to 27 pieces contained graphic violence, up from an estimate of 16 to 19 late previous year, Reuters reports.

Hate speech was the only one that Facebook's detection tech could not quite get a handle on, as only 38 percent of the posts that were removed were flagged that way. 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.

But Facebook's progress in policing what users see isn't likely to temper fresh criticism from regulators in Europe over privacy protections for its billions of users worldwide.

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He said technology like artificial intelligence is still years from effectively detecting most bad content because context is so important.

"Artificial intelligence isn't good enough yet to determine whether someone is pushing hate or describing something that happened to them so they can raise awareness of the issue", said Rosen.

Mr Rosen said making the figures public will "push" the company to improve more quickly.

Facebook took down 3.4 million pieces of graphic violence during the first three months of this year, almost triple the 1.2 million during the previous three months. "While not always ideal, this combination helps us find and flag potentially violating content at scale before many people see or report it".

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It claimed to detect nearly 100 percent of spam and to have removed 837 million posts assimilated to spam over the same period.

"Today's report gives you a detailed description of our internal processes and data methodology". The Facebook leader added that the company would notify users if their data were compromised.

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