Facebook took down 21 million pieces of adult nudity in three months

Media playback is unsupported on your device                  Media captionWATCH Facebook reveals scale of abuse

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Facebook took down or applied warning labels to 3.4 million pieces of violent content in the three months to March - a 183 percent increase from the final quarter of 2017.

"As Mark Zuckerberg said at F8, we have a lot of work still to do to prevent abuse", Guy Rosen, Facebook's vice president of product management, wrote in a blog post. Facebook has more than 2 billion monthly active users, suggesting there are still millions of fake accounts on its service at any given time.

The content audited included graphic violence, hate speech, adult nudity and sexual activity, spam, terrorist propaganda (IS, al-Qaeda and affiliates) and fake accounts.

By comparison, the company was first to spot more than 85 percent of the graphically violent content it took action on, and nearly 96 percent of the nudity and sexual content. For instance, nudity only received seven to nine views for every 10,000 content views. If Facebook tamps down on bad content, as some analysts predict, it is unlikely to lose users and advertisements, which account for 98% of its annual revenue.

The social media giant promised the report will be the first of a series seeking to measure how prevalent violations of its content rules are, how much content they remove or otherwise take action on, how much of it they find before it is flagged by users, and how quickly they take action on violations. In April, Facebook published its internal guidelines on how it decides to remove posts that include hate speech, violence, nudity, terrorism and more. The only category AI flagged first less than 86 percent of the time was hate speech, which it flagged first 38 percent of the time.

Small doses of nudity and graphic violence still make their way onto Facebook, even as the company is getting better at detecting some objectionable content, according to a new report. Facebook said that Zuckerberg "has no plans to travel to the United Kingdom", said Damian Collins, the leader of the UK's Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee, in a statement Tuesday. "While not always flawless, this combination helps us find and flag potentially violating content at scale before many people see or report it".

Facebook's policing efforts are aimed at maintaining a family-friendly atmosphere for users and advertisers.

Facebook is struggling to catch much of the hateful content posted on its platform because the computer algorithms it uses to track it down still require human assistance to judge context, the company said Tuesday.

Meanwhile, Facebook said on Monday it has suspended around 200 apps as part of its investigation into whether companies misused personal user data gathered from the social network.

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