Facebook closes 583 million fake accounts

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Facebook previously estimated fake accounts as accounting for 3 percent to 4 percent of its monthly active users.

Facebook's policing efforts are aimed at maintaining a family-friendly atmosphere for users and advertisers.

The social media network took action against 1.9 million posts containing Islamic State, al-Qaida and related terrorism propaganda before users reported them in the first quarter of this year, Facebook said in a report.

And today we're releasing numbers in a Community Standards Enforcement Report so that you can judge our performance for yourself.

The company removed or put a warning screen for graphic violence in front of 3.4 million pieces of content in the first quarter, almost triple the 1.2 million a quarter earlier, according to the report.

Similarly, the company has removed 837 million pieces of spam. Facebook released its Community Standards Enforcement Preliminary Report on Tuesday, providing a look at the social network's methods for tracking content that violates its standards, how it responds to those violations, and how much content the company has recently removed. Summits are expected later in the year in India, Singapore and the US.

Facebook said in a written report that of every 10,000 pieces of content viewed in the first quarter, an estimated 22 to 27 pieces contained graphic violence, up from an estimate of 16 to 19 late past year.

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"We have a lot of work still to do to prevent abuse", Zuckerberg said".

Facebook took action against 2.5 million pieces of content in the first quarter, up 56 per cent over the previous quarter.

The company has been using artificial intelligence to help pinpoint the bad content, but Rosen said the technology still struggles to understand the context around a Facebook post pushing hate, and one simply recounting a personal experience. While Facebook's facial recognition software might have evolved in the long run, it could only flag 38 percent of hate speeches that have been spread across its platform. The company says it has 10,000 human moderators helping to remove objectionable content and plans to double that number by the end of the year.

In the majority of cases, Facebook's automated systems actually did a pretty good job of both detecting and flagging content before users could even get the chance to report it.

"We believe that increased transparency tends to lead to increased accountability and responsibility over time, and publishing this information will push us to improve more quickly too", wrote Rosen.

The report also covers fake accounts, which has gotten more attention in recent months after it was revealed that Russian agents used fake accounts to buy ads to try to influence the 2016 elections.

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