There has not been anything as disturbing as spam is, on social media. Over the years, the amount of spam contents has skyrockted on various social media platforms, Facebook inclusive. In view of this, Facebook has announced that it had disabled 583 million fake accounts on its platform in the Q1 of 2018 alone. That’s an average of 116 million fake accounts in each month, for a period of just 5 months.
In the report, which covered a period between October 2017 to March 2018, Alex Schultz, Facebook Vice President of Data Analytics, said it covered six areas of concern – graphic violence, adult nudity and sexual activity, terrorist propaganda, hate speech, spam, and fake accounts.
Overall, we estimate that around 3 to 4% of the active Facebook accounts on the site during this time period were still fake
Here is the breakdown of activities that revolved around the six areas covered in the report;
The alarming amount of fake accounts Facebook disabled was nothing compared to the about 837 million pieces of spam contents it detected, some 21 million pieces of adult nudity and sexual activities flagged. For graphic violence, about 3.5 million pieces of violent contents were identified. For hate speech, 2.5 million pieces of hate speech was removed.
Overall, the 837 million pieces of spam contents disabled amounts to nearly 100% of the total detected. On fake accounts, around 3 to 4% of the active Facebook accounts within the period are still fake. The 21 million pieces of adult nudity and sexual activities was about 96% of all flagged contents
We live in an era where the average social media user is concerned about their privacy, security and integrity of their data. Although Mark Zuckerberg had admitted that his firm has a lot of work still to do to prevent abuse, this draws various concerns as whether Facebook is doing enough to eradicate its platform of these social media vices.
You would recall Facebook took a swipe to curbing data abuse on its platform by introducing its Data Abuse Bounty, a program which rewards users by incentivizing them to report apps collecting user data and passing it off to malicious parties to be exploited. It reward people who comes out with first-hand proof of such data abuse.
On the other hands, publishing such data is equally an evidence that Facebook is committed to ‘cleaning up’ its platform. It said, it “believe that increased transparency tends to lead to increased accountability and responsibility over time, and publishing this information will push us to improve more quickly too.”
Facebook is an online social networking service headquartered in Menlo Park, California, in the United States. Its website was launched on February 4, 2004, by Mark Zuckerberg with his Harvard College roommates and fellow students Eduardo Saverin, Andrew McCollum, Dustin Moskovitz and Chris Hughes. The founders had initially limited the website’s membership to Harvard students, but later expanded it to colleges in the Boston area, the Ivy League, and Stanford University. It gradually added support for students at various other universities and later to high-school students. Its name comes from the face book directories often given to American university students.