Social media giant Facebook in the interest of its community standards of the social networking site has removed about 583 million accounts within minutes of them being created during the first quarter of 2018. Additionally, millions of attempts at creating bogus accounts were also stopped on a daily basis. The community standards of Facebook showed a zero-tolerance attitude against the spreading of images that are violent, spam, fake accounts, false advertising, malicious links, promotion of counterfeit goods, adult nudity, sexual activity, terrorism or inciting hate speech.
They are used by the anti-social groups and, individuals as well as fringe element, site as a tool to set out its agenda. Facebook uses AI technology hate speech and the other forms of anti-social content, but that cannot match the human intellect when it comes to full-proof recognition.
Only 38% of the hate speech was identified as it is considered a tougher form of information to process and comprehend technologically. The tech company, however, admitted that its artificial intelligence technology is not fully accurate that needs to be examined by human medium to determine it correctly. Facebook stated that it intends to improve on the aspect.
The reason being, there are the same metrics used internally in guiding metrics of the teams which the social networking company also mentioned that it is sharing them on grounds of accountability. With the current issue, Facebook has accepted that needs a lot of attention, and labor to prevent any form of abuse towards its nearly 2.2 billion users.
Close to 100% spam as well as 96% of adult nudity was flagged by the use of technology and subsequently removed without users having to complain about it. About 837 million spam content and 2.5 million incidents of hate speech have been acted upon.
Facebook had come under severe criticism from Governments across countries over usage of private data without consent and the negative effects of harmful content on its users.
Further, millions of standard violations were also revealed in a report by the tech giant till March this year. In the past six months, fake accounts in violation of the policies of the social networking site which were removed were stated to be linked to around 1.3 billion fake and questionable accounts together with 1.56 billion spam posts.
These fake accounts summed up to be 3% to 4% of all the active profiles from October 2017 to March 2018 which considerably grew since November 2017. The first quarter of this year also saw a rise in such fake profiles engaging in activities against the standards and policies of the social networking site.