3 diciembre, 2020

Facebook announces that it deactivated more than 3 million fake accounts


Facebook, the most used social network in the world, reported that it deactivated between April and September of this year, 3.2 billion fake accounts mostly managed by robots, while eliminating 11.4 million content that incited hatred.

The company headed by Mark Zuckerberg published on Wednesday the fourth edition of its report on compliance with community standards, in which it explains the progress made by the company in the fight against false accounts and information, illegal activities and the contents that it considers not adequate.

The 3,200 million false accounts deactivated in the second and third quarter of the year are more than double the 1,554 accounts deactivated in the same period of 2018.

Hate messages

In addition to the contents of the so-called «hate speech», there are also 18.5 million messages removed for containing nudity and child sexual exploitation; 4.5 million related to suicides or self-harm; and the 5.7 million who sought to harass other users.

This is the first time that the Menlo Park company (California, USA) includes among these metrics the contents related to suicides or self-harm, and Facebook’s Vice President for Integrity, Guy Rosen, congratulated himself that 96.1% of they in the second quarter of the year and 97.1% in the third were proactively detected by the company before anyone denounced them.

Instagram withdraws content

Also for the first time, Facebook provided Instagram data – of its ownership -, in this case related to child nudity and child sexual exploitation, regulated goods – specifically, illegal sale of firearms and drugs -, suicide and self-harm and terrorist propaganda.

On Instagram, a platform in which the average age of users is lower than that of Facebook, the contents removed by child nudity and child sexual exploitation were significantly lower: 1.26 million. The contents related to suicide and self-harm were 1.68 million; those who incited terrorism, 240,000; and finally, those who announced drugs and firearms, 3 million.

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