Facebook took a big step when the giant decided to remove the bogus accounts. And now news has emerged in which Facebook claims that they have removed 3.2 Billion fake accounts. The time duration it took to do so is 6 months i.e. from April to September, which is up slightly from 3 billion in the previous six months.
Almost all the fake accounts were caught before they became “active” users of the social networking site. So, these accounts are not included in the user figures said the company. Facebook admitted that of 2.45 billion users, around 5 percent are fake.
In the same duration of time, Facebook also removed 18.5 Million instances of child nudity and sexual exploitation which is up from 13 Million in the previous months.
The company clarified and said that the increase was because of the improvements in detection.
Also, the company said that during the period, it removed 11.4 million instances of hate speech from its site which is up from 7.5 million in the previous six months. The company says it is proactively removing the hate speech, the way it does with extremist content, child exploitation, and other material.
Facebook expanded the data it shared on removing terrorist propaganda. Earlier reports only included data on al-Qaeda, ISIS, and their affiliates. The latest report shows that Facebook does not detect material posted by ISIS or al-Qaeda extremist groups less frequently than these two organizations.
The report is Facebook’s fourth on enforcement and the first to include Instagram data in areas such as child nudity, illicit trafficking in firearms & drugs, and terrorist propaganda. The company said it removed 1.3 million cases of child nudity and child sexual abuse from Instagram, most of it before people saw it.