Facebook has removed 583 million fake accounts this year

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Facebook has released internal figures on abusive content found and removed from the site for the first time, revealing the scale of malicious content on the social network.

Why the numbers matter: The report gives us a picture of the sheer quantity of content Facebook's software and human moderators are churning through.

The report covers the six months from October 2017 to March 2018, and also covered graphic violence, nudity and sex, terrorist propaganda, spam and fake accounts. The company also reported that they took down 21 million pieces of adult nudity and 3.5 million pieces of violent content.

Facebook said it removed 2.5 million pieces of content deemed unacceptable hate speech during the first three months of this year, up from 1.6 million during the previous quarter. It believes about 3-4 percent of active Facebook accounts on the site in Q1 were still fake.

Nevertheless, Facebook said that it "removed 2.5 million pieces of hate speech in Q1 2018", and that 38 percent of it was flagged by the social network's automated systems.

By far the most prevalent of the offending categories was spam and fake accounts, and in the first quarter of this year alone Facebook apparently removed 837 million icees of spam and 583 million fake Facebook accounts.

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Small doses of nudity and graphic violence still make their way onto Facebook, even as the company is getting better at detecting some objectionable content, according to a new report. This is in addition to the millions of fake account attempts Facebook said it prevents daily from ever registering with Facebook.

Facebook has been in hot water following allegations of data privacy violations by Cambridge Analytica, an election consultancy that improperly harvested information from millions of Facebook users for the Brexit campaign and Donald Trump's USA presidency bid.

More than a quarter of the human race accesses the platform, with two billion monthly users.

"For hate speech, our technology still doesn't work that well and so it needs to be checked by our review teams", said Guy Rosen, the company's vice-president of product management, in a statement posted online announcing the release of the report. 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.

Facebook stated that artificial intelligence has played an essential role in helping the social media company flag down content.

"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. "This is the same data we use to measure our progress internally - and you can now see it to judge our progress for yourselves". It provided a quarter-to-quarter comparison in its content-filtering efforts. "We look forward to your feedback".

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