Facebook removed a lot of spam, violence, and fake accounts this year


Facebook’s latest transparency report shows a big jump in spam and violent content takedowns, some advances in proactively identifying hate speech, and the first numbers for bullying, harassment, and child sexual exploitation takedowns. The report was released as Facebook of incompetent or underhanded behavior. In it, Facebook emphasizes its attempts to remove bad content before users ever see it, while fielding an ever-growing number of requests from governments.

This marks the release of Facebook’s second “community standards” transparency report, alongside the more traditional reports about copyright takedown notices and government data requests. Facebook took down far more pieces of unacceptable content...

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