For the first time, Facebook has revealed numbers about the spread of hate speech on its social media platform, the world’s most widespread
Facebook announces hate statistics.
The “blue giant” said that 10 or 11 out of every 10,000 content in the third quarter of this year involved hate speech.
Facebook, which is under scrutiny for its monitoring of violations, especially in the run-up to the US presidential elections, issued these estimates in its quarterly report on content review, Thursday evening.
The site said it took action on 22.1 million content that included hate speech in the third quarter, compared to 22.5 million in the previous quarter.
The company’s definition of “taking action” refers to removing content, covering it with a warning, disabling accounts, or escalating the matter to outside agencies.
This summer, groups supporting civil rights organized a massive advertising boycott to pressure Facebook to act against hate speech.
In a phone call to reporters, Jay Rosen, director of safety and integrity at Facebook, said that during the period from March 1 to November 3, the date of the US elections, more than 265,000 Facebook and Instagram content were removed states. United, for violating policies that prohibit interference that affects the votes of the electorate.
The site said it took action with 19.2 million violent content in the third quarter, up from 15 million in the second quarter.