September 22, 2019 | 4:34 AM IST

FB removes 2.2 billion fake accounts from Jan-March

Social media giant Facebook (FB) on Thursday announced that it recently disabled billions of fake accounts in the first three months of 2019. The report was disclosed in FB’s latest report on enforcement activity.
The report spelled out by vice president of Integrity, Guy Rosen said that FB had disabled 2.2 billion accounts during this period, which is nearly double the number of active accounts. The disabling of accounts happened as automated imposters tried to establish them.
“The action was taken on bad actors who attempted to create large volumes of accounts at one time,” he said. He added that the company had curbed hate speeches, automatically detecting 65 per cent of the content removed instead of waiting for users to report.
The platform has identified five percent of its 2.4 billion monthly active users were fake and were yet to be uncovered, states a report. The figures are startling.
The larger quantities of fake accounts are driven by spammers constantly trying to evade systems. The social media giant continues to invest to detect objectionable material in various languages and regions.

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