Facebook, Instagram ramp up
removal of hate speech, bullying
Facebook has removed 26.9 million pieces of hate speech
content in the fourth quarter of 2020 -- up from 22.1 million in
Q3 and the company gives credit to improvements in its
automated systems that catch and purge such comments.
The social network also blocked 6.4 million pieces of organised
hate content in the October-December period from its main
platform, up from 4 million in Q3.
Instagram also saw significant jumps in hate speech, bullying and
self-harm removals, according to the company's 'Community
Standards Enforcement Report'.
Facebook took down 6.3 million pieces of bullying and
harassment content from its platform in the fourth quarter of
2020 -- up from 3.5 million in Q3.
"Last quarter, we shared the prevalence of hate speech on
Facebook for the first time to show the percentage of times
people see this type of content on our platform. This quarter, hate
speech prevalence dropped, seven to eight views of hate speech
for every 10,000 views of content," Guy Rosen, VP Integrity at
Facebook, said in a blog post late on Thursday. Read More