Facebook Removes Three Billion Fake Accounts

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The company broadly estimates that at present almost 5% of its 2.4 billion monthly active users are fake accounts.

"Prevalence of fake accounts measures how many active fake accounts exist amongst our monthly active users within a given time period".

Facebook officials attributed the sharp increase to a rise in cyber-attacks by what it called "bad actors who attempt to create large volumes of accounts at one time". Over the past six months, 65 per cent of the posts Facebook removed for pushing hate speech were automatically detected.

Facebook sued four companies in China for the buying and selling of fake Facebook and Instagram accounts. "We catch most of these accounts within minutes of registration".

According to the report, Facebook removed 4m hate speech posts during the first three months of 2019 and detected 65pc of them using AI, up from 24pc a year ago.

Facebook will have some content moderators focus entirely on removing hate speech as the social network struggles to get fake and abusive content on its platforms under control.

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Facebook employs thousands of people to review posts, photos, comments and videos for violations.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has called for government regulation to decide what should be considered harmful content and on other issues.

Facebook uses cutting edge technology like artificial intelligence (AI) along with vast team spread across the entire globe to pursue their fight against fake news. Zuckerberg said Facebook's success enables the company to spend more on safety and security efforts than nearly all of its peers, many of which are dealing with similar issues. Those accounts, Schultz explains, are largely detected by Facebook and culled before they receive user complaints about them.

Zuckerberg referred to the independent advisory board and said he cared deeply about people's freedom of expression when asked about the White House setting up a website to collect input from people who feel they have been unfairly censored on social media.

That number seems astronomical, especially when considering that Facebook says it has 2.38 billion monthly active users overall. Politicians like Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders, as well as early Facebook figures Robert McNamee and Chris Hughes have all, as a result, called for the company to be broken up by antitrust laws-the very suggestion of which set Zuckerberg off on today's call. Of the accounts we remove, both at sign-up and those already on the platform, over 99% of these are proactively detected by us before people report them to us. They did not touch on the motives behind the attacks, nor whether they are part of an organized effort.

Facebook reported progress in efforts to prevent the social network from being used for illegal sales of drugs or guns.

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