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Ginger Lawrence | 16 May, 2018, 09:33

Other categories it provides numbers for include content featuring nudity or sexual activity, terrorist propaganda, hate speech, spam and fake accounts.

Facebook took down or applied warnings labels to about 3.5 million pieces of violent content in Q1 2018 - 86% of which was identified by our technology before it was reported to Facebook.

Facebook took approximately 21 million pieces of adult nudity and sexual activity in Q1 2018, 96 percent of which was automatically detected. A Washington Post report earlier this month found that the company's facial-recognition tool, which the company says could help spot impostor accounts, reviews only a small fraction of the site's roughly 2 billion monthly active users.

"As Mark Zuckerberg said at F8, we have a lot of work still to do to prevent abuse", Guy Rosen, Facebook's vice president of product management, wrote in a blog post.

But most of Facebook's removal efforts centered on spam and fake accounts promoting it.

Under increasing pressure to disclose how it polices its platform, Facebook revealed it took down 837 million pieces of spam content between January and March of this year.

Facebook acknowledged it has work to do when it comes to properly removing hate speech. This is trumpeted as a victory, as Facebook says that close to 100 percent of these incidents were detected by its own algorithms before users noticed anything happened.

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Throughout the report, Facebook shares how the most recent quarter's numbers compare to those of the quarter before it, and where there are significant changes, it notes why that might be the case.

Since the fallout over political firm Cambridge Analytica obtaining millions of Facebook users' data without their permission, Facebook reiterated its commitment to being more transparent.

The full Facebook report is available online and details both Facebook's commitment to their content values as well as some more metrics regarding the deletion of 583 million fake Facebook accounts and harsher crack down on the various offending content. The report covered the period from October to March.

- The company found 2.5 million posts containing hate speech, a 56 percent increase over the last quarter of 2017.

Facebook also released statistics that quantified how pervasive fake accounts have become on its influential service, despite a long-standing policy requiring people to set up accounts under their real-life identities. The company credited better detection, even as it said computer programs have trouble understanding context and tone of language. The company attributed the decline to the "variability of our detection technology's ability to find and flag" fakes.

That was less than 0.1 percent of viewed content - which includes text, images, videos, links, live videos or comments on posts - Facebook said, adding it had dealt with almost 96 percent of the cases before being alerted to them.