24/06/2021

The prevalence of hate speech on Facebook continues to dwindle

The most recent Community Standard Enforcement Report from Facebook demonstrates that the company is making progress in avoiding dangerous content.

Facebook is also introducing a Transparency Centre, which will serve as a one-stop shop for information on the company’s integrity efforts.

For the first quarter of 2021, Facebook has issued its industry-leading Community Standards Enforcement Report.

The report provides data on Facebook’s success in preventing and responding to content that violates its Community Standards, while also safeguarding the community’s safety, privacy, and dignity.

From January to March 2021, the new report includes data on how Facebook is performing in enforcing 12 of its policy areas on Facebook and 10 on Instagram.

Facebook said it shows some promising signs of progress in terms of prevalence, allowing for more transparency and accountability in content moderation operations across Facebook’s various businesses.

As part of its commitment to independent oversight and verification of its performance, we’ve chosen EY to audit this most recent report.

“We’ve also increased our reporting efforts by including more prevalence indicators for Instagram, such as prevalence for adult nudity and sexual activity, as well as prevalence for violent and graphic content.”

The prevalence of hate speech on Facebook continues to decline, and this is a result of Facebook’s efforts to remove harmful content in the News Feed.

“Through a multipronged strategy that incorporates Artificial Intelligence (AI), human moderation, user reporting tools, and collaboration with external experts, we are getting better and more efficient at enforcing our Community Standards,” said Kojo Boakye, Director of Public Policy, Africa.

“It’s encouraging that the prevalence of hate speech on Facebook has decreased for the third quarter in a row. We’re seeing improvements in our numbers across the board, and we’ll continue to report on our accomplishments every quarter,” he added.

The company said it will maintain improving our technology and enforcement efforts to keep people safe while using the Facebook family of apps by removing harmful information from our platforms.

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