Facebook gives an estimate of bullying and harassment on platforms

Facebook for the first time on Tuesday revealed the prevalence of bullying and harassment on its platform, saying that such content was viewed between 14 and 15 times for every 10,000 visits to the site in the third quarter.

The company, which recently changed its name to Meta, also said in its quarterly content moderation report that bullying and harassment content was viewed between 5 and 6 times per 10,000 content visits on Instagram.

The social media giant, long under scrutiny for its handling of abuse at its services, has been in the limelight after a former employee and whistleblower, Frances Haugen, leaked internal documents including investigations and discussions about The Effects Of Instagram On Teen Mental Health And Whether Facebook Platforms Fuel Divisions.

Haugen has said the documents show the company made profits over and above user safety. Facebook disputed this characterization, saying the documents were being used to paint a “false picture.”

The documents, which were first reported by the Wall street journal, have spurred calls for Facebook to be more transparent and raised questions about whether metrics like prevalence provide a complete picture of how the company handles abuse.

FACEBOOK has nearly halved the number of hate speech people view on the social media site over the past three quarters, down to 0.05% of content views, according to the author. (credit: DADO RUVIC / REUTERS)

Facebook said its bullying and harassment numbers only captured cases where the company did not need additional information, such as a report from a user, to decide whether the content violated its rules.

They said that of the 9.2 million pieces of content the company removed from Facebook for breaking its bullying and harassment rules, it found 59.4% proactively.

“Bullying and harassment is a unique challenge and one of the most complex issues to address because context is critical,” the company’s global chief security officer, Antigone Davis, and the managing director of the company said in a blog post. products, Amit Bhattacharyya.


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