31.5 million hate speech posts removed in last quarter: Facebook

By Naveen Bharat Editorial

NEW DELHI: In a major crackdown on hate speech and misinformation related to Covid, Facebook has claimed to have removed lakhs of posts in the June quarter. It said there has been a 15-fold increase in the removal of such content on Facebook and Instagram since it first began reporting them.

“We removed 31.5 million hate speech content from Facebook compared to 25.2 million in the first quarter (March quarter) and 9.8 million from Instagram, compared to 6.3 million in Q1,” Facebook Vice President Integrity Guy Rosen said in a blog post. ..The prevalence of hate speech on Facebook continued to decline for the third quarter in a row.

The world’s largest social network had earlier said that it aims to comply with India’s new IT regulations. The action figures are part of Facebook’s Community Standards Enforcement Report for the second quarter of 2021. Rosen said in the second quarter, the prevalence of hate speech was 0.05 percent, or 5 views per 10,000 views. It is seen at 0.05-0.06 percent or 5 to 6 views per 10,000 views in the first quarter of the year.

It removed more than 3,000 accounts, pages and groups for violating rules against spreading misinformation related to COVID and vaccines. “We displayed warnings on more than 190 million pieces of COVID-related content on Facebook that our third-party fact-checking partners assessed as inaccurate, altered or missing references,” it said.

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