Facebook Pulls Down 1.5bn Fake Accounts In Africa, Others


Facebook Pulls Down 1.5bn Fake Accounts In Africa, Others
By Josh Babatunde
Largest social media platform, Facebook disclosed recently that it pulled down almost 1.5bn accounts and posts that violated its community standards in the first three months of 2018.
According to the first quarterly Community Standards Enforcement Report, Facebook stated that the overwhelming majority of moderation action was against spam posts and fake accounts.
“Facebook took action on 837m pieces of spam, and shut down 583m fake accounts on the site in the last three months. But also moderated 2.5m pieces of hate speech, 1.9m pieces of terrorist propaganda, 3.4m pieces of graphic violence and 21m pieces of content featuring adult nudity and sexual activity.
Commenting, Facebook’s vice-president of public policy for Europe, the Middle East and Africa, Mr Richard Allan, said, “This is the start of the journey and not the end of the journey and we’re trying to be as open as we can”.
The amount of content moderated by Facebook is influenced by both the company’s ability to find and act on infringing material, and the sheer quantity of items posted by users.
Buttressing Allan’s points, Alex Schultz, Facebook’s vice-president of data analytics, said the amount of content moderated for graphic violence almost tripled quarter-on-quarter.