By this point in its history, Facebook is so massive that it needs to rely heavily on artificial intelligence to detect malware, hate speech and other offensive content on its platform. And, according to the social media giant, it has ramped up its efforts to do just that in the weeks preceding an upcoming election in India.
In an announcement trumpeting its success, Facebook said that it has removed about 1 million accounts each day, while it has also taken down about 700 pages, groups and accounts in India for “coordinated inauthentic behavior” and spam.
“We’ve gotten better at using artificial intelligence and machine learning to fight interference,” Facebook’s Managing Director and Vice President in India, Ajit Mohan, wrote in a blog post. “For example, these tools help us block or remove approximately one million accounts a day. They also help us, at a large scale, identify abusive or violating content, quickly locate it across the platform and remove it in bulk.”
Facebook also said that it started planning for the election more than 18 months ago. Following the public outcry over its role in election interference in the U.S. in 2016, it makes sense the company would invest in cleaning itself of spam and fake content. Here’s hoping Facebook does the same thing for American users in 2020.
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