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Facebook admits it's better at policing nudity than hate speech

Facebook admits it's better at policing nudity than hate speech

The company will continue publishing reports about the content they removed every six months.

"As Mark Zuckerberg said at F8, we have a lot of work still to do to prevent abuse", Guy Rosen, Facebook's vice president of product management, wrote in a blog post. Facebook said more than 98 percent of the accounts were caught before users reported them.

Facebook said it removed 2.5 million pieces of content deemed unacceptable hate speech during the first three months of this year, up from 1.6 million during the previous quarter.

The company removed or put a warning screen for graphic violence in front of 3.4 million pieces of content in the first quarter, almost triple the 1.2 million a quarter earlier, the world's largest social network was quoted as saying in a published document. For every 10,000 views of content on Facebook, the company said, roughly 8 of them were removed for featuring sex or nudity in the first quarter, up from 7 views at the end of a year ago.

The posts that keep the Facebook reviewers the busiest are those showing adult nudity or sexual activity - quite apart from child pornography, which is not covered by the report.

Key to fighting spam is taking down the fake accounts that spread it.

The social media giant promised the report will be the first of a series seeking to measure how prevalent violations of its content rules are, how much content they remove or otherwise take action on, how much of it they find before it is flagged by users, and how quickly they take action on violations. The company credited better detection, even as it said computer programs have trouble understanding context and tone of language. In addition, Facebook stated that from the remaining accounts, a mere three to four percent were fake.

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Meanwhile, Facebook removed or added warning labels to about 3.5 million pieces of graphic violence content.

Facebook's policing efforts are aimed at maintaining a family-friendly atmosphere for users and advertisers.

Facebook acknowledged it has work to do when it comes to properly removing hate speech.

The report also addressed that users will be notified about the detection of these flagged posts and this amounts to 85.6 percent of the user base.

Facebook stepped further into its new era of data transparency Tuesday with the release of its inaugural Community Standards Enforcement Report.

It claimed to detect nearly 100 percent of spam and to have removed 837 million posts assimilated to spam over the same period. The company's reputation took a serious hit after news broke of their alleged role in facilitating questionable use of user data and they desperately need a win to help get them back on their feet.