Facebook has released its latest community standards enforcement report tracking its progress and demonstrating its continued commitment to making the platform safe and inclusive.
In the first quarter of the year, Facebook found and removed 2.19 billion fake accounts. “We’ve seen a steep increase in the creation of abusive, fake accounts on Facebook in the last six months,” the company said adding that “We catch most of these accounts within minutes of registration. However, automated attacks have resulted in more of these accounts making it past our initial detection.”
Facebook estimates that fake accounts represented approximately 5% of its worldwide monthly active users (MAU) on Facebook during Q1 2019 and Q4 2018, “The percentage we can proactively detect is driven by adversaries’ methods for creating fake accounts.”
The company further disclosed that the amount of child pornography taken down dropped during the quarter ‘In Q4 2018, we took action on 6.8 million pieces of content; we actioned 5.4 million in Q1 2019’ however, “A bug impacted our ability to store hashes of violating videos that were already removed, making it harder to detect other instances of the same video if it was shared,” the company wrote in its report. “We fixed this bug and are working to remove anything we may have missed.”