And today we're releasing numbers in a Community Standards Enforcement Report so that you can judge our performance for yourself.
The numbers were released in Facebook's Community Standards Enforcement Report, which covers areas including fake accounts, spam, hate speech, graphic violence, terrorist propaganda, and nudity.
In the first quarter, the company took down 837 million pieces of spam, almost 100 percent of which was found and flagged before anyone reported it. Facebook has more than 2 billion monthly active users, suggesting there are still millions of fake accounts on its service at any given time.
"We have a lot of work still to do to prevent abuse", Facebook Product Management vice president Guy Rosen said.
"Of every 10,000 content views, an estimate of 22 to 27 contained graphic violence, compared to an estimate of 16 to 19 last quarter", Xinhua quoted the report as saying.
The posts that keep the Facebook reviewers the busiest are those showing adult nudity or sexual activity - quite apart from child pornography, which is not covered by the report. 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.
Facebook has faced a storm of criticism for what critics have said was a failure to stop the spread of misleading or inflammatory information on its platform ahead of the US presidential election and the Brexit vote to leave the European Union, both in 2016. 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. "It's partly that technology like artificial intelligence, while promising, is still years away from being effective for most bad content because context is so important". In April, Facebook published its internal guidelines on how it decides to remove posts that include hate speech, violence, nudity, terrorism and more.
In the majority of cases, Facebook's automated systems actually did a pretty good job of both detecting and flagging content before users could even get the chance to report it.
While the removal of 583 million fake Facebook accounts is certainly noteworthy, it does little to address concerns regarding actual user privacy. The company has evaluated thousands of apps to see if they had access to large amounts of data, and will now investigate those it has identified as potentially misusing that data, it said in a blog post.
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The committee has also urged Facebook boss Mark Zuckerberg to appear before them, adding that it would be open to taking evidence from the billionaire company founder via video link if he would not attend in person.