Facebook's New Transparency Report Highlights How It Has Removed Harmful Content, and Shares Details on Intellectual Property, Government Requests for Information, and Data Scraping

Facebook is one of the most popular social media applications in the world and the tech giant has taken a huge step with the launch and removal of several departments and features on its platform to ensure user privacy and safety on their application.

The tech giant recently introduced its new Transparency Center on Wednesday, which according to them will provide all resources of integrity and transparency efforts to its users. The tech giant stated that Transparency Centre will manage the Facebook policies and how and when they will be updated, will recruit human viewers along with machine technology to review the unwanted content on the application and manage its removal, the employees at the transparency center will also make sure no misinformation circulates around on the platform and will remove if they come in contact with one. Along with this all Transparency reports containing data and metrics related to those efforts.

Several other reports were shared by the head of different departments of the company.

Guy Rosen, who is the vice president of integrity at the tech giant shared the report for Community Standard Enforcement Report that has been managed by Facebook in the first quarter of 2021, and assured the public that the company is taking righteous steps towards making their platform a secured one for their users every day. He shared 12 policies from Facebook and 10 on Instagram to let the public know how at the tech giant do they enforce policies.

Rosen shared a metric on how low the percentage is for people to see harmful content on their platform with Adult nudity only 0.03% to 0.04% on both Facebook and Instagram, Hate speech only 0.05% to 0.06% on Facebook, and Violent and graphic content being 0.03% to 0.04% on Facebook, 0.01% to 0.02% on Instagram. He gave credit to the AI technology at Facebook through which they have managed to remove hate speech content and lower their percentage ratings from 23.6 percent in 2017 to this today.

He also shared metrics on content from other problem areas that Facebook took action on during the first quarter on the flagship platform in which he informed that about 8.8 million, 9.8 million, 25.2 million pieces of bullying and harassment content, organized hate content, and hate speech content respectively was removed from Facebook. The removal of similar content on Instagram consisted of 5.5 million pieces of bullying and harassment content, 324,500 pieces of organized hate content, and 6.3 million pieces of hate speech content.

Misinformation regarding the pandemic from the beginning up until now has also been managed and removed.

Mark Fiore, shared the report of Intellectual Property Transparency from the second half of 2020 in which he discussed the steps and shard the data which was involved in counterfeit-related removals and piracy on Facebook.

According to Fiore, 99.7% of all counterfeit-related removals were proactive which simply means that they were removed before being reported by anyone. This percentage in number adds up to 335,765,018 pieces of suspected counterfeit content being removed and the same figures for Instagram were 82.8% and 2,696,272, respectively.

As for Copyright removals, 77.9% on Facebook were done proactively, accounting for 9,822,070 pieces of content, and Instagram’s totals were 59% and 2,170,529, respectively.

Mark said that the company has taken several other steps to maintain the protection of intellectual property in several ways which includes robust proactive enforcement systems incorporating machine learning, suspicious signals and direct insights from rights holders.

Up Next, in the report for government information related to application Chris Sonderby who is the Facebook VP and deputy general counsel updated that the government requests for user data had increased to 191,013 from 173,592 which is an overall 10 percent increase in the last six months.

The leading forces in collecting user’s data were the US followed by India, Germany, France, Brazil and the U.K.

Lastly, the issue which was called out by Business Insider back in April which claimed that the information and data of 530 million users of Facebook was made publicly available on an unsecured website, was talked about by Mike Clark who is director of product management

Clark on this has said that several measures has been taken by Facebook to stop the “scraping of data” from the platform which includes some like recruiting around 100 people who are focused on detecting, investigating and blocking patterns of behavior associated with scraping and also reducing the limit of data that a single person can obtain via a certain feature.

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