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A Breakdown of All the Offensive Content Facebook Removed in the First Quarter of 2018

May 16, 2018 / Marty Swant

In its latest attempt at transparency, Facebook is disclosing—for the first time—exactly how much offensive content it finds and removes on the platform. Today, the social network revealed how many millions of posts involving nudity, violence, hate speech and more that it removed from January through March of this year. The move comes at a time when the company is increasing its efforts to show users, advertisers and lawmakers that it has the ability to regulate its own services as it continues to face scrutiny in both the U.S. and Europe. And while it’s no surprise that Facebook would find a lot of unsavory content created and uploaded by 2 billion-plus users around the world, the numbers are staggering to look at. Here’s a look at what Facebook removed during the first quarter of 2018.
3.5 million pieces of violent content
2. 21 million pieces of adult nudity and sexual activity
837 million pieces of spam
2.5 million pieces of hate ...