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Facebook admits it's better at policing nudity than hate speech

16 May 2018, 12:41 | Hattie Nash

What's the score

What's the score

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's vice president of product management, Guy Rosen, said in a blog post Tuesday about the newly-released report that nearly all of the 837 million spam posts Facebook took down in the first quarter of 2018 were found by Facebook before anyone had reported them.

Moving on, Facebook said that it removed 21 million pieces of content that depicted adult nudity and sexual activity and 96% of that was discovered by its technology before a user reported the content. Facebook said that for every 10,000 pieces of content on the service, seven to nine views were made on content that in some way violates its pornography regulations. On Tuesday, the Menlo Park-based company shared numbers from its first Community Standards Enforcement Report that help illustrate Facebook's performance as of late.

Facebook released data showing how many fake accounts, spam posts and other types of objectionable content it removed in the first quarter of 2018.

A new report provides data that there have been deletions of 583 million fake Facebook accounts in 2018 as well as numerous enforcements agains content inappropriate for the social media platform.

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Facebook noted the key to fighting spam is taking down the fake accounts that spread it.

Facebook removed 2.5 million pieces of hate speech in the three months to March, a rise of more than half from the three months prior. For years, we've had Community Standards that explain what stays up, and what comes down. This is in addition to the millions of fake account attempts we prevent daily from ever registering with Facebook.

In the United Kingdom, Facebook this week again resisted a request from British lawmakers to testify as part of their investigation into Cambridge Analytica, a political consultancy that improperly accessed personal information about 87 million of the social site's users.

"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. "While not always ideal, this combination helps us find and flag potentially violating content at scale before many people see or report it". Facebook believes its policing system is better at scrubbing graphic violence, gratuitous nudity and terrorist propaganda from its social network than it is at removing racist, sexist and other hateful remarks. It provided a quarter-to-quarter comparison in its content-filtering efforts. The rest came after Facebook users flagged the offending content for review. "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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