Facebook released the latest update on its efforts to remove the platform’s offensive content. Since the 2016 U.S. presidential election, the company has taken steps to be more transparent about its enforcement decisions.
On Wednesday, Facebook released its latest report on the removal from its services of harmful content.
Between April and September, the company said that it removed more than 3.2 billion fake accounts, compared to over 1.5 billion in the same period last year.
Facebook also said 11.4 million hate speech pieces were removed, compared to 5.4 million in the same six-month period in 2018.
Facebook included in the report for the first time its enforcement action on Instagram. The company said it made progress in identifying on Instagram child nudity and sexual exploitation, deleting more than 1.2 million pieces of content from April to September.
As a new category of harmful content, the company also added suicide and self-injury. Facebook said it removed more than 1.6 million pieces of suicide and self-injury content on Instagram between April and September.
The company removed over 4.5 million pieces of suicide and self-injury content from April to September on the core Facebook app.
Facebook regularly provides updates on how its Community Standards are enforced, which are the rules that determine what types of content will ban users from the platform.
Facebook said it made significant progress last year in dismantling fake accounts and hate speech, as well as removing harmful content about bullying and child nudity and sexual exploitation.
Following the 2016 U.S. presidential election, Facebook has taken steps to be more transparent about its enforcement decisions.
The company has been criticized for failing to prevent platform-based election interference, including spreading misinformation.
More recently, for failing to check facts or delete political ads, Facebook has come under fire. The decision contrasted sharply with its Twitter competitor which banned from its website political ads.
CEO Mark Zuckerberg defended the decision under the guise of free speech of speech, while lawmakers like Sen. Mark Warner opposed the step, saying that Facebook should be held to the same standards as local TV broadcasters.


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