Facebook says posts with graphic violence rose in early 2018

What's the score

According to the numbers, covering the six-month period from October 2017 to March 2018, Facebook's automated systems remove millions of pieces of spam, pornography, graphic violence and fake accounts quickly - but that hate-speech content, including terrorist propaganda, still requires extensive manual review to identify.

Facebook said Tuesday it took down 21 million "pieces of adult nudity and sexual activity" in the first quarter of 2018, and that 96 percent of that was discovered and flagged by the company's technology before it was reported. The company said the report has data on "how much content people saw that violates our standards; how much content we removed; and how much content we detected proactively using our technology - before people who use Facebook reported it".

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.

By comparison, the company was first to spot more than 85 percent of the graphically violent content it took action on, and nearly 96 percent of the nudity and sexual content.

837 million pieces of Spam were detected and removed during the first quarter, up 15% on the previous period, while 583 million fake accounts were disabled, a reduction of 16%. 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.

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

The hate speech numbers were released as part of Facebook's first "Community Standards Enforcement Report", which contains aggregate data on some of Facebook's enforcement actions.

Now, however, artificial intelligence technology does much of that work. The rate at which we can do this is high for some violations, meaning we find and flag most content before users do. Facebook said the number tends to fluctuate from quarter to quarter.

In categories where Facebook did provide information on such offending posts, it reported an increase.

But hate speech is a problem for Facebook today, as the company's struggle to stem the flow of fake news and content meant to encourage violence against Muslims in Myanmar has shown.

The response to extreme content on Facebook is particularly important given that it has come under intense scrutiny amid reports of governments and private organizations using the platform for disinformation campaigns and propaganda.

Adult nudity and sexual activity: Facebook says.07% to.09% of views contained such content in Q1, up from.06% to.08% in Q4.

"It may take a human to understand and accurately interpret nuances like... self-referential comments or sarcasm", the report said, noting that Facebook aims to "protect and respect both expression and personal safety".

Facebook says AI has played an increasing role in flagging this content.

Despite this, the group said fake profiles still make up 3-4 percent of all active accounts. The report also doesn't cover how much inappropriate content Facebook missed.

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