Facebook Q1 2021 report shows a drop in harmful content

Facebook launches new one-stop-shop Transparency Center amid the company's latest community standards report which shows a decrease in harmful content.

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Facebook has released its industry-leading Community Standards Enforcement Report (CSER) for the first quarter of 2021.

The report, which comes amid news that Facebook launching a Transparency Centre to provide a single destination for information about its integrity efforts.

The metrics indicates progress made by Facebook in preventing and taking action on content that goes against its Community Standards while protecting the community’s safety, privacy, and dignity. 

The new report includes data on how Facebook is performing in enforcing 12 of its policy areas on Facebook and 10 on Instagram for the January-March 2021 period. It shows some positive strides towards improvements in prevalence, providing greater transparency and accountability around content moderation operations across different Facebook products.

The social media platform has also expanded reporting efforts by adding more prevalence metrics for Instagram, which will now include prevalence for adult nudity and sexual activity, and violent and graphic content.

Furthermore, the prevalence of hate speech on Facebook continues to decrease amid changes introduced earlier to reduce problematic content in news feed.

 â€śThe report highlights how we are getting better and more efficient at enforcing our Community Standards through a multipronged approach that includes Artificial Intelligence (AI), human moderation, user reporting tools and collaboration with external experts.”, said Kojo Boakye, Director of Public Policy, Africa. 

“It’s pleasing that hate speech prevalence on Facebook continues to decrease for a third quarter in a row. Across the board, we’re seeing improvements in our numbers, and we will continue to share our progress each quarter.”, he added. – APO Group