Facebook took down 21 million pieces of adult nudity in three months

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On Tuesday, Facebook said it took action on some 2.5 million hateful pieces of content in the first three months of 2018, up from 1.6 million in the last three months of 2017.

The new report was released in conjunction with Facebook's latest Transparency Report, which said that across the world government requests for account data increased by four percent in the second half of 2017 compared to the first half.

Facebook axed 583 million fake accounts in the first three months of 2018, the social media giant has said, detailing how it enforces "community standards" against sexual or violent images, terrorist propaganda or hate speech.

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"We took down 21 million pieces of adult nudity and sexual activity in Q1 2018 - 96 percent of which was found and flagged by our technology before it was reported", said Mr Rosen.

In its first public release of such data, Facebook said that of every 10,000 pieces of content viewed on the social platform in the first quarter, an estimated 22 to 27 pieces contained graphic violence, up from an estimate of 16 to 19 late a year ago, Reuters reports. If Facebook tamps down on bad content, as some analysts predict, it is unlikely to lose users and advertisements, which account for 98% of its annual revenue. Luckily for Facebook, almost all of that content was scrubbed from the social network by its technology. In April, Facebook published its internal guidelines on how it decides to remove posts that include hate speech, violence, nudity, terrorism and more. The company credited better detection, even as it said computer programs have trouble understanding context and tone of language. But users are still reporting the majority of hate-speech posts, or about 62 percent of them, before Facebook takes them down.

The figure represents between 0.22 and 0.27 per cent of the total content viewed by Facebook's more than two billion users from January through March.

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It claimed to detect nearly 100 percent of spam and to have removed 837 million posts assimilated to spam over the same period. However, the company estimates that between 3% and 4% of the active accounts on its service are fake.

"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", he said.

"My top priorities this year are keeping people safe and developing new ways for our community to participate in governance and holding us accountable", wrote Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg in a post, adding: "We have a lot more work to do". "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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