Facebook Inc. he said that 2,2 deleted billions of bogus accounts in the first quarter of 2019, a record that shows what the company is facing by people trying to undermine the authenticity of the largest social network in the world.
In the last quarter of 2018, Facebook deactivated more than 1 billion fake accounts, while 583 million accounts were deleted in the first quarter of last year alone. The vast majority of these accounts are deleted immediately, a few minutes after they are created, the company said, so they are not counted in the monthly counts of active Facebook users.
"Most fake accounts are created by spammers who are constantly trying to avoid our systems," Guy Rosen, vice president of Facebook's integrity department, told reporters.
Facebook also put on a new benchmark in the Thursday report:
The number of posts that were erased, promoted drugs and firearms. Facebook has written off over 1,5 millions of posts from these categories in the first three months of 2019 and said it would soon include other types of illegal activities.
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said the company has significantly increased its spending on "policing" its products.
"The capital we can invest in all security systems in our budget in 2019 is greater than the total revenue of our company in 2012"
Facebook has repeatedly promised to detect and delete posts that violate its policies and has committed to developing artificial intelligence programs that will only address this. The largest social network knows that adequate monitoring and "policing" can not be done only by humans.
According to the company, the AI algorithms it uses are working very well on some issues, such as written violent content.
Facebook says it can almost detect 99% of all violent publications and remove them before a user reports them to the company. But the company still faces a very serious problem with the violent content of live video, such as the video that reported the terrorist hit in a New Zealand mosque.