Graphic shows increase in hateful content removals since the second half of 2017 until the first quarter of 2020.


Facebook hikes hate speech takedowns

By Jordi Bou

May 13, 2020 - Facebook reports a big jump in the number of posts removed for promoting hate speech, which the company attributes to better detection by automated sniffers developed by its AI experts.

The world’s biggest social media company removed about 9.6 million posts containing hate speech on its flagship app in the first quarter, up from 5.7 million in the 2019 fourth quarter.

That marks a six-fold increase in hateful content removals since the second half of 2017, the earliest period for which Facebook discloses data.

Facebook chief technology officer Mike Schroepfer touted advances in the company’s machine learning technology that parses language.

Of the 9.6 million posts removed in the first quarter, Facebook said its software detected 88.8 percent before users reported them. That indicates algorithms flagged 8.5 million posts for hate speech in the quarter, up 86 percent from the previous quarter’s total of 4.6 million

However, the company does not report how much slipped through.

PUBLISHED: 13/05/2020; STORY: Graphic News
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