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Facebook reports increased posts of graphic violence in Q1 2018

Facebook reports increased posts of graphic violence in Q1 2018

Rosen revealed that the social media company made a decision to publish the Community Standards Enforcement Report.

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.

The social media website claimed to have disabled 583 million fake accounts.

Facebook also prohibits hate speech and said it took action against 2.5 million pieces of content in the first quarter, up 56 percent a quarter earlier.

Facebook revealed Tuesday that it had removed more than half a billion fake accounts and millions of pieces of other violent, hateful or obscene content over the first three months of 2018, as lawmakers around the world continue to scrutinize the company's business practices. "We removed 2.5 million pieces of hate speech in Q1 2018 - 38 percent of which was flagged by our technology".

Graphic violence: During Q1, Facebook took action against 3.4 million pieces of content for graphic violence, up 183% from 1.2 million during Q4.

One hypothesis for the increase, Schultz said, is that "in [the most recent quarter], some bad stuff happened in Syria".

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The full Facebook report is available online and details both Facebook's commitment to their content values as well as some more metrics regarding the deletion of 583 million fake Facebook accounts and harsher crack down on the various offending content.

Several categories of violating content outlined in Facebook's moderation guidelines - including child sexual exploitation imagery, revenge porn, credible violence, suicidal posts, bullying, harassment, privacy breaches and copyright infringement - are not included in the report.

Facebook is sharing figures relating to the removal of hate speech and other content for the first time.

The posts that keep the Facebook reviewers the busiest are those showing adult nudity or sexual activity - quite apart from child pornography, which is not covered by the report. Facebook also took down over 837 million pieces of spam during 2018's first quarter. Three to 4 percent of Facebook's monthly users are fake. The company attributed the decline to the "variability of our detection technology's ability to find and flag" fakes. In addition, Facebook remains in damage-control mode after revelations about how political-consulting firm Cambridge Analytica improperly obtained data on millions of users without their knowledge and consent. The Facebook leader added that the company would notify users if their data were compromised.

Facebook deletes millions of accounts every day, the social network revealed.

Facebook's head of global policy management Monika Bicket said the group had kept a commitment to recruit 3,000 more staff to lift the numbers dedicated to enforcing standards to 7,500 at the start of this year.