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Facebook details policing for sex, terror and hate content

Three weeks ago, for the first time, Facebook published the internal guidelines it uses to enforce what it calls community standards.

The first of what will be quarterly reports on standards enforcement should be as notable to investors as the company's quarterly earnings reports.

Along with fake accounts, Facebook said in its transparency report that it had removed 21 million pieces of content featuring sex or nudity, 2.5 million pieces of hate speech and nearly 2 million items related to terrorism by Al Qaida and ISIS in the first quarter of 2018.

Facebook revealed Tuesday that it removed more than half a billion fake accounts and millions of pieces of violent or obscene content during the first three months of 2018, pledging more transparency while shielding its chief executive from new public questioning about the company's business practices.

"We estimate that fake accounts represented approximately 3-4 per cent of monthly active users on Facebook during Q1 2018 and Q4 2017", the report said.

Facebook said it removed 2.5 million pieces of content deemed unacceptable hate speech during the first three months of this year, up from 1.6 million during the previous quarter.

By far the most prevalent of the offending categories was spam and fake accounts, and in the first quarter of this year alone Facebook apparently removed 837 million icees of spam and 583 million fake Facebook accounts.

"It's a work in progress always", Guy Rosen, Facebook's vice president of product management, said in a briefing.

Vice-President of Data Analytics Alex Schultz told the Guardian that Facebook just needs to figure out how to categorize those things for the report.

"It's why we're investing heavily in more people and better technology to make Facebook safer for everyone". Today's report, which will come out twice a year, can also show how well Facebook's artificial intelligence systems learn to flag items that violate the rules before anyone on the site can see them.

Facebook pulled or slapped warnings on almost 30 million posts containing sexual or violent images, terrorist propaganda or hate speech during the first quarter. "It's partly that technology like artificial intelligence, while promising, is still years away from being effective for most bad content because context is so important".

In the majority of cases, Facebook's automated systems actually did a pretty good job of both detecting and flagging content before users could even get the chance to report it.

Facebook has faced fierce criticism from governments and rights groups for failing to do enough to stem hate speech and prevent the service from being used to promote terrorism, stir sectarian conflict and broadcast acts including murder and suicide. Find us on Facebook too! The company's CEO Mark Zuckerberg promised the investigation as one of a number of measures put in place to handle the scandal.

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