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Facebook purges over 18M pieces of fake, harmful Covid content

As Covid-19 wreaks havoc in countries such as India and Brazil, Facebook announced that it has deleted more than 18 million pieces of material from its main website and Instagram for breaching its rules on disinformation and damage associated with Covid.

From the onset of the pandemic until April of this year, the social network deleted these several pieces of material.

“We’re still promoting vaccination acceptance and combating vaccine misconceptions,” the organization said in its Q1 Community Standards Enforcement Report.

Facebook, the social networking company, extended its Covid-19 Announcement – a tool for state and union territory health departments to post critical Coronavirus alerts – in India on Wednesday.

According to Guy Rosen, Facebook’s VP of Integrity, prevalence is one of the most useful indicators for determining how often users encounter offensive material on the site.

On Facebook, the prevalence of hate speech begins to decline.

“This was between 0.05 and 0.06 percent in Q1, or 5 and 6 views per 10,000 views. We measure our enforcement’s efficacy by attempting to hold the proliferation of hate speech on our website to a minimum while minimizing errors in the material we delete “As Rosen said.

Facebook took action on 8.8 million bits of abuse and intimidation posts in the first quarter of 2019, up from 6.3 million in the fourth quarter of 2020.

Additionally, 9.8 million pieces of organized hate material were removed, up from 6.4 million in Q4 2020, and 25.2 million pieces of hate speech content were removed, down from 26.9 million in Q4 2020.

In Q1, Instagram removed 324,500 pieces of organized hate material, up from 308,000 in Q4 2020, and 6.3 million pieces of hate speech content, down from 6.6 million in Q4 2020.

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Written by Ankur J Kakoti

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