Facebook deleted over 580 million fake accounts in Q1 2018

- Adrian Ungureanu

It seems that all the scandals around Facebook in the past two years, have determined Zuckerberg and his team to reevaluate the way the administrate the social network and the way the community work.

They say they want to keep the network as clean as possible and they watch what’s happening in real time. According to their latest Community Standards Enforcement Report, they were very busy everyday.

They deleted about 583 milion fake accounts in the first three months of this year, most of which were disabled within minutes of registration.

The Facebook team says, they took down 837 million pieces of spam in Q1 2018 — nearly 100% of which they found and flagged before anyone reported it. Also the key to fighting spam is taking down the fake accounts that spread it. Overall, they estimate that around 3 to 4% of the active Facebook accounts on the site during this time period were still fake.

They took down 21 million pieces of adult nudity and sexual activity in Q1 2018 — 96% of which was found and flagged by their technology before it was reported. Overall, they estimate that out of every 10,000 pieces of content viewed on Facebook, 7 to 9 views were of content that violated the adult nudity and pornography standards.

For graphic violence, Facebook took down or applied warning labels to about 3.5 million pieces of violent content in Q1 2018 — 86% of which was identified by their technology before it was reported to Facebook.

For hate speech, our technology still doesn’t work that well and so it needs to be checked by our review teams. Facebook removed 2.5 million pieces of hate speech in Q1 2018 — 38% of which was flagged by their technology.