Facebook announced that it has named 180 million pieces of US election misinformation on its platform. As advertised in the company Blog postFacebook has provided the numbers along with its most recent transparent report.
Facebook has long had problems dealing with misinformation on a range of topics. Until recently, the company appeared to place a much higher value on freedom of expression than limiting the spread of disinformation.
This led incoming president Joe Biden to accuse the social media company of backing down on the matter. He believes social media platforms are not doing enough to curb the spread of disinformation.
It also turns out that a former Facebook employee believes the company is unable to process the disinformation. They argued that the company often ignores it or takes too long to act based on the evidence. As a result, this allowed misinformation to spread to the platform.
Facebook attempted to respond to these allegations in this report. Facebook Vice Integrity, Guy Rosen A. A collection of statistics With correspondents to explain the company’s efforts in this field.
Facebook limits its efforts to tackle disinformation
Rosen noted in this call that in addition to the 180 million stickers Facebook added, they had also removed 265,000 pieces of content for violating the company’s rules against voter interference.
Rosen also went on to note that 95 percent of Facebook users don’t click on warning stickers to view posts marked as misinformation. This is important because it shows that labels really have an effect.
These statistics cover from March to Election Day. As a result, this means that they offer no insight into Facebook’s post-election efforts to tackle the disinformation.
Other interesting pieces of information that Rosen shared include removing 12 million pieces of content to share dangerous misinformation about the Coronavirus between March and October. The company also nominated 167 million posts on the topic during that period.
Facebook provides context for its actions
Facebook also removed more than 22 million pieces of content for hate speech during the third quarter of 2020. That number is roughly in line with the previous quarter.
The company also provided some context for this figure, stating that its spread was 0.10% – 0.11%. This means there are 10-11 streaks of hate speech for every 10,000 content views.
The company has not commented on the advertiser boycott that occurred this summer. The prevalence statistic mentioned above appears to have been designed to rebut any claims that hate speech was rampant on the platform.
Rosen spoke about the company’s innovations in artificial intelligence technology. He claims that this is one of the main reasons for their increased ability to detect hate speech before reporting it.
However, some believe that Facebook is still far from having an effective system. A group of middlemen recently wrote an open letter to the company. She claimed the company’s AI-based tools were “years away” from real effectiveness.