Facebook said it took down 837 million pieces of spam, 21 million pieces of adult nudity and sexual activity, 3.5 million graphic violence posts, and 2.5 million pieces of hate speech in the first quarter of the year. The numbers show how Facebook is following through on the Community Standards enforcement efforts that it announced a few weeks ago.
It’s a small step. But Facebook is eager to show that it is investing in this problem using both technology and hiring more people. The blog post comes a day after Facebook announced that it had suspended around 200 applications as it investigates them for possible misuse of user data. The Wall Street Journal reported that Facebook has increased its content-review budget by hundreds of millions of dollars for 2018, up from around $150 million a year in 2016 and $220 million in 2017.