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Million Posts Sharing Misinformation On Coronavirus Removed By Facebook In Second Quarter

Million Posts Sharing Misinformation On Coronavirus Removed By Facebook In Second Quarter
Amidst calls from different quarters to do more to prevent the spread of misinformation on the novel coronavirus pandemic, social media giant Facebook said that more than 7 million posts had been removed by it in the second quarter itself – all related to sharing false information about the novel coronavirus which included content that promoted fake preventative measures and exaggerated cures for the disease.
This data was released by Facebook as part of its sixth Community Standards Enforcement Report that was instituted by the company in 2018 together with more stringent decorum regulations in response to a backlash over its lax approach to policing content on its platforms.
From the beginning of 2021, external experts to independently audit the metrics used in the report would be invited by it, the company said.
During the second quarter of the current year, about 22.5 million posts on its on its flagship app platform that were related to hate speech were removed by the biggest social media company of the world. In comparison, during the first quarter of the current year, the company y had removed only about 9.6 million posts related to hate speech, it said.
And compared to deletion of about 6.3 million posts in the first quarter of the current year related to extremist organizations, Facebook deleted about 8.7 million posts in this category in the second quarter, the company said.
During the months of April, May and June, the company depended more the use of its automation technology for reviewing spurious content on its platform because of the reduced number of reviewers at its office in the period due to the novel coronavirus pandemic, the company said. 
Facebook said in a blog post that this reduced number of human reviewers resulted in the company being able to take limited action on a comparatively lesser number of posts and content that was related to suicide and self-injury, child nudity and sexual exploitation on its platforms.
Its hate speech policy is also being expanded by Facebook to include “content depicting blackface, or stereotypes about Jewish people controlling the world”, the company said.
In recent times, there have been some politicians and public figures in the United States who have caused controversies by donning blackface, a practice that dates back to 19th century minstrel shows that caricatured slaves. It has long been used to demean African-Americans.

Christopher J. Mitchell

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