Report: Facebook Removed 3.2 Billion Fake Accounts In Six Months This Year

This week, Facebook released its latest transparency report detailing the actions it has taken to fight bad actors this year. This is a routine move for the social media giant, which wants to prove to users that it’s doing a good job of cleaning itself up. But this time, some of the numbers were truly startling.

For instance, according to the report, Facebook removed 3.2 billion fake accounts between April and September this year. That’s more than twice as many as the same time frame last year. The company also said the number of government demands for user data rose by 16 percent. On the bright side, however, Facebook says that it’s now proactively (and successfully) identifying instances of hate speech 80 percent of the time.

While we are pleased with this progress, these technologies are not perfect and we know that mistakes can still happen,” Facebook VP of integrity Guy Rosen wrote in a blog post. “That’s why we continue to invest in systems that enable us to improve our accuracy in removing content that violates our policies while safeguarding content that discusses or condemns hate speech.”

There’s nothing earth-shattering in this report, but it’s troubling nonetheless. Because it’s obvious that no matter how many advances Facebook makes, the scammers and cybercriminals will always be a step ahead.

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