Facebook and Twitter cleaning up fake accounts

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"This is in addition to the millions of fake account attempts we prevent daily from ever registering with Facebook", Rosen said in the post, noting that "most of the action we take to remove bad content is around spam and the fake accounts they use to distribute it".

Facebook recently published guidelines that showed increased enforcement across six main areas of banned content - graphic violence, adult nudity and sexual activity, terrorist propaganda, hate speech, spam and fake accounts.

Facebook also prohibits hate speech and said it took action against 2.5 million pieces of content in the first quarter, up 56 percent a quarter earlier.

Even after all that disabling, though, Facebook has said that 3 percent to 4 percent of its active monthly users are fake, meaning up to 88 million fake accounts slip through.

For years, Facebook has relied on users to report offensive and threatening content. The only category AI flagged first less than 86 percent of the time was hate speech, which it flagged first 38 percent of the time.

"Of every 10,000 content views, an estimate of 22 to 27 contained graphic violence, compared to an estimate of 16 to 19 last quarter", Xinhua quoted the report as saying.

Meanwhile, Facebook's rate of squashing fake accounts is actually decreasing.


Facebook stated that artificial intelligence has played an essential role in helping the social media company flag down content.

"Whether it's spam, porn or fake accounts, we're up against sophisticated adversaries who continually change tactics to circumvent our controls", Mr Rosen said.

"These kinds of metrics can help our teams understand what's actually happening to 2-plus billion people", he said. "While not always flawless, this combination helps us find and flag potentially violating content at scale before many people see or report it". "And it's created to make it easy for scholars, policymakers and community groups to give us feedback so that we can do better over time".

Facebook said in a written report that of every 10,000 pieces of content viewed in the first quarter, an estimated 22 to 27 pieces contained graphic violence, up from an estimate of 16 to 19 late past year.

"If Mark Zuckerberg truly recognises the "seriousness" of these issues as they say they do, we would expect that he would want to appear", he said. Luckily for Facebook, almost all of that content was scrubbed from the social network by its technology. In a blog post, the company claimed that the most of the accounts "were disabled within minutes of registration".

In the United Kingdom, Facebook this week again resisted a request from British lawmakers to testify as part of their investigation into Cambridge Analytica, a political consultancy that improperly accessed personal information about 87 million of the social site's users.

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