Facebook reported deleting 583 million fake accounts

Darryl Esguerra
PUBLISHED May 16, 2018 08:27 am

(Inside Manila) Responding to call of transparency, Facebook, for the first time, has publicized its enforcement numbers, highlighting the 583 million fake accounts it deleted in the first three months of 2018.


In its published Community Standards Enforcement Report, Facebook detailed how many spam posts it's deleted and how many fake accounts it's taken down in the first quarter of the year.


Of the 583 million deleted fake accounts, Facebook's Vice President of Product Management Guy Rosen said majority were blocked within minutes of registration.


The social media giant also claimed to have detected almost 100% of spam and to have removed 837 million spam posts over the same period.


Facebook also boasted foiling 21 million pieces of adult nudity and sexual activity in the platform, 96% of which was found and flagged by its technology before it was reported.


For graphic violence, Facebook reported taking down or warning about 3.5 million pieces of violent content.


Meanwhile, Facebook stated removing 2.5 million pieces of hate speech in Q1 2018.


Facebook has made moves to improve transparency in recent months after it was dealt with mounting pressure from US lawmakers and public opinion over how powerful it's become.


In April, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg testified before the US Congress, promising greater transparency and responsibility from the social network giant.


Facebook has gone under intense scrutiny over issues of disinformation campaigns, as well as a data scandal involving 87 million people.


According to Facebook’s estimates, of the 87 million users affected by the Cambridge Analytica data breach scandal, the Philippines had the second highest affected users (1,175,870) next to the United States (70,632,350). This prompted the country’s privacy watchdog to launch an investigation “to establish the scope and impact of the incident to Filipino data subjects.”


READ: How to check if you're among the 1.18 million Filipinos affected by Facebook data breach scandal

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