Facebook said Tuesday that the amount of spammy content the social network took action against rose from 734.2 million items in the second quarter to 1.4 billion in the third quarter.
Facebook’s parent company Meta attributed the sharp rise to an increase in spam attacks in August. Meta released the data as part of a quarterly report on how the company enforces its Community Standards, rules that outline what content is and isn’t allowed on Facebook.
Meta did not specify in the report which spam attacks occurred in August, and a company spokesperson did not immediately respond to questions about the report. The social network says it doesn’t allow spam on its platform and broadly defines it as “content that is designed to deceive, or that attempts to mislead users, in order to increase viewership. “.
In late August, Facebook users complained that “spam” comments directed at celebrity pages flooded their own social media feeds. Meta said the problem was caused by a “configuration change” on the social network and fixed the issue. It is not clear if this incident was included in the spam data.
Meta also said he was trying to make fewer mistakes when it came to enforcing his rules against hate speech, bullying and harassment, and incitement to violence. The company said it has improved its artificial intelligence technology to better recognize when words that may seem offensive are used as a joke between friends.
Meta on Tuesday released five reports, including on influencer operations it removed, widely viewed content on Facebook and its work with an oversight board to review its toughest content moderation decisions. One of the reports also showed that Meta is receiving more and more government requests for user data from around the world. The number of government requests for user data increased by 10.5% from 214,777 to 237,414 in the first six months of 2022. The United States submitted the most requests, followed by India , Germany, Brazil, France and the United Kingdom. Meta says it will provide data to comply with local laws, but is also considering other factors such as privacy and free speech.