San Francisco (USA) | Jagran Technology Desk: The Facebook on Wednesday said that it has removed 3.2 billion fake accounts from April to September this year along with millions of post depicting child abuse and suicide. Overall, the company has removed 5.4 billion accounts this year.

“We have improved our ability to detect and block attempts to create fake, abusive accounts,” Facebook said in its latest transparency report.

“We can estimate that every day, we prevent millions of attempts to create fake accounts using these detection systems,” it added.

The report, for the first time, also included its enforcement actions on Instagram which has been identified as a growing area of concern about fake news.

According to Facebook, the fake accounts represented about five per cent of its worldwide month active users during the second and third quarters of this year adding that invested heavily in finding and taking down accounts crafted to deceive people about where information is originating, particular when spread as part of coordinated campaigns with political or social agendas.

The report also showed that government demands for user information hit a new high led by the US.

"Of the total volume, the US continues to submit the largest number of requests, followed by India, the UK, Germany and France," the report said adding that it recieved 50,741 requests from the US government for information regarding 82,461 accounts.

"We always scrutinize every government request we receive for account data to make sure it is legally valid," said Facebook's deputy general counsel Chris Sonderby.

"This is true no matter which government makes the request," Sonderby added.

"While we are pleased with this progress, these technologies are not perfect and we know that mistakes can still happen," the social media company said.

"That's why we continue to invest in systems that enable us to improve our accuracy in removing content that violates our policies while safeguarding content that discusses or condemns hate speech," it added.

(with agency inputs)

Posted By: Aalok Sensharma