Tuesday, 22 May, 2018

We're better at policing nudity than hate speech, says Facebook

Entrance to Facebook's Menlo Park office Facebook's latest transparency move is showing you how much objectionable content it removes
Russell Knight | 16 May, 2018, 06:42

Facebook removed 583 million dummy accounts in the first quarter.

"We have a lot of work still to do to prevent abuse", Facebook Product Management vice president Guy Rosen said. In April, Facebook published its internal guidelines on how it decides to remove posts that include hate speech, violence, nudity, terrorism and more. "The majority of the content restricted was alleged to violate Indian laws relating to the defamation of religion, hate speech, and defamation of the state", the report says about the data requests received between July 2017 and December 2017.

In addition to the removal of these fake accounts, the company acted on 21 million pieces of nudity and sexual activity, 3.5 million posts that displayed violent content, 2.5 million examples of the speech as well aS 1.9 million pieces of terrorist content. Facebook had 2.2 billion monthly active users in the first-quarter of 2018, according to its latest earnings press release.

"AI still needs to get better before we can use it to effectively remove more linguistically nuanced issues like hate speech in different languages, but we're working on it", said Zuckerberg to CNet.

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

The report comes in the face of increasing criticism about how Facebook controls the content it shows to users, though the company was clear to highlight that its new methods are evolving and aren't set in stone, CNET's Parker reports. The company attributed the decline to the "variability of our detection technology's ability to find and flag" fakes. "Thanks to AI tools we've built, nearly all of the spam was removed before anyone reported it, and most of the fake accounts were removed within minutes of being registered".

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Facebook representatives are expected to travel across the globe to participate in summits in different cities.

The response to extreme content on Facebook is particularly important given that it has come under intense scrutiny amid reports of governments and private organizations using the platform for disinformation campaigns and propaganda.

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 U.S. presidency bid. Other summits are planned on May 16 in Oxford and May 17 in Berlin. Through the company's two-part investigation, they found 200 potential apps leaked confidential data.

Facebook, the world's largest social media firm, has never previously released detailed data about the kinds of posts it takes down for violating its rules.

On May 8, Facebook announced that it is testing a new feature that might help users who missed crucial elements of a Facebook Live broadcast.

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