Facebook deleted over 1.5 billion fake accounts in the period between April and September from its network. The company also said that it removed 2.1 billion pieces of spam in the same period.
Facebook released its community standard report, in which it detailed how it dealt with fake news, hate speech, spam and terrorist propaganda on its platform. According to Facebook, many facebook accounts are the direct result of cyber attacks. According to Facebook’s report, some 95.9% of the violating content was dealt with before it was reported.
The social network got rid of 800 million fake accounts in Q2 2018, 754 million fake accounts in Q3 and in Q1 2018 the company eliminated 534 million accounts. The company says the most accounts are part of commercially motivated spam attacks. The social network says that its algorithm to catch fake accounts before people on the network have seen and reported them have improved significantly over time. Facebook claimed that 99.6% of the fake accounts removed between April and September were detected by AI.