Facebook has maintained its high standards over the year and it stands one of the biggest in the social media space
The company headed by Mark Zuckerberg has seen quite a number of lawsuits during the outgoing year and that has never been a weakness for the though company who is still stocked in several other scandal-related lawsuits. The social media company released its community standard report earlier today and it revealed that the platform has lost over 1.5 billion users to fake account. This huge loss is tag to Facebook’s kick against fake news, spam, hate speech, and terrorist propaganda on its platform between the space of April and September of this same year.
The social network got rid of 800 million fake accounts in Q2 2018, and 754 million fake accounts in Q3. Comparatively, the company eliminated 534 million accounts in Q1 2018. That should give you a sense of the scale of its spam problem. The company says that most of these accounts are part of commercially motivated spam attacks:
These numbers are largely affected by external factors, such as cyberattacks that increase fake accounts on Facebook. Bad actors try to create fake accounts in large volumes automatically using scripts or bots, with the intent of spreading spam or conducting illicit activities such as scams.
According to the social network, its algorithms to catch fake accounts before users reported them have improved significantly over time. Facebook claimed that 99.6 percent of the fake accounts its removed between April and September were detected by AI.
The company also said that it removed 2.1 billion pieces of spam in the same period. In addition to tackle the problem, Facebook still have bigger problems to solve. Some which include fake political ad amog others. The company who still has persisting issues with Russian actors intent on meddling with US elections, although there are internal management conflicts surrounding the issue.
In a separate post, Zuckerberg said that fake news and abuse of service is like crime in the society and it can be only controlled:
Even then, there will always be issues. These are not problems you fix, but issues where you continually improve. Just as a free society will always have crime and our expectation of government is not to eliminate all crime but to effectively manage and reduce it, our community will also always face its share of abuse.
In recent times, Facebook has ramped up its efforts to protect users from spreading misinformation. However, this year’s damning incidents, including major security lapses and Cambridge Analytica fiasco, have not helped the firm maintain or build trust. However Facebook has always remained a thriving company, and all of that doesn’t still appear as a weakness at all.