Facebook close 583 Millions fake accounts in first three months of 2018

- Published: 19 May 2018
Facebook close 583 Millions fake accounts in first three months of 2018

The Facebook social network unveiled that it had erased more than half a billion fake accounts in the first three months of 2018, as well as 837 million spam or 3.5 million hateful or violent content.

Questioned about its management of data and its lack of transparency in the Cambridge Analytica case, Facebook decided, Tuesday, May 15, to publish for the first time the official figures of the contents and accounts erased on the first three months of the year ( Facebook closed 583m fake accounts in first three months of 2018 / Theguardian news )

The social network has removed 583 million fake accounts, "usually just minutes after their creation." Facebook does not specify whether they were fake accounts that were trying to make political propaganda, as during the 2016 US presidential campaign, or more generally Internet users who did not want to reveal their real name. "Overall, we estimate that about 3 to 4% of the active Facebook accounts on the site during this period were fake accounts," reads the official statement of the social network.
 
Artificial Intelligence, effective ... or not
The moderation of content posted on Facebook concerned nearly a billion messages over the same period. The overwhelming majority of the content thus removed was spam (837 million). The social network has eliminated 2.5 million hate messages (including terrorist propaganda content) over this period. In only 38% of cases, artificial intelligence was able to detect contentious content before it was reported by users.
 
He can however be reassured with the figures on the removal of pornographic content. Facebook has also censored 21 million such images. And this time, in-house technology detected, in 96% of the cases, the disputed contents before they were identified by the users.
Source: theguardian.com