Facebook announced that it removed seven million posts in the second quarter of this year, due to the sharing of false information about the new coronavirus, including promoted content with false preventive measures and drugs.
Facebook published data as part of the sixth report on compliance with the standards of behaviour on the social network, introduced in 2018, along with stricter rules on decency, after criticism that the company is mild in controlling the content on its platforms. Facebook has said it will invite independent experts to check the reports, starting in 2021.
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Facebook removed about 22.5 million posts containing hate speech in the second quarter of this year and 9.6 million in the first quarter.
8.7 million posts related to extremist organizations were also deleted, compared to 6.3 million in the previous period.
Facebook used artificial intelligence for reply messages during on April, May and June because there were fewer workers in the offices due to the coronavirus pandemic.