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Facebook removes seven million posts for sharing false information on coronavirus

Facebook Inc stated on Tuesday it eliminated 7 million posts within the second quarter for sharing false information in regards to the novel coronavirus, together with content material that promoted faux preventative measures and exaggerated cures. Facebook launched the information as a part of its sixth Community Standards Enforcement Report, which it launched in 2018 together with extra stringent decorum guidelines in response to a backlash over its lax method to policing content material on its platforms.

The firm stated it could invite exterior specialists to independently audit the metrics used within the report, starting 2021. The world`s largest social media firm eliminated about 22.5 million posts containing hate speech on its flagship app within the second quarter, up from 9.6 million within the first quarter. It additionally deleted 8.7 million posts related to extremist organizations, in contrast with 6.3 million within the prior interval.

Facebook stated it relied extra closely on automation expertise for reviewing content material in the course of the months of April, May and June because it had fewer reviewers at its workplaces because of the COVID-19 pandemic. That resulted in firm taking motion on fewer items of content material associated to suicide and self-injury, youngster nudity and sexual exploitation on its platforms, Facebook stated in a weblog publish.

The firm stated it was increasing its hate speech coverage to incorporate “content depicting blackface, or stereotypes about Jewish people controlling the world.” Some U.S. politicians and public figures have brought on controversies by donning blackface, a apply that dates again to 19th century minstrel exhibits that caricatured slaves. It has lengthy been used to demean African-Americans.

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