Facebook gives estimate of bullying, harassment on its platforms for first time

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Nov 9 (Businesshala) – Facebook (F.B.O) on Tuesday disclosed for the first time the prevalence of bullying and harassment on its platform, saying that such content was seen from 14 to 15 of every 10,000 views on the site in the third quarter. times seen. .

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

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The social media giant, long under scrutiny for its handling of abuse on its services, has been in the limelight after a former employee and whistleblower, Frances Haugen, leaked internal documents, including Instagram on the mental health of teens. Includes research and discussion about the effects of Facebook’s platforms fuel division.

Haugen has said that documents show the company leveraged on user safety. Facebook disputed this characterization, saying the documents were being used to paint a “false picture”.

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The documents, which were first reported by the Wall Street Journal, have prompted Facebook to be more transparent and raised questions about whether metrics like prevalence give a complete picture of how the company handles abuses. (https://on.wsj.com/3C1D7Cr)

Facebook said its bullying and harassment numbers only capture instances where the company doesn’t require additional information, such as user reports, to determine whether content broke its rules.

He said the company actively found 59.4% of the 9.2 million content removed from Facebook for breaking its bullying and harassment rules.

“Bullying and harassment is a unique challenge and one of the most complex issues to address because context is important,” the company’s global security chief, Antigone Davis, and product management director Amit Bhattacharya said in a blog post.

Reporting by Elizabeth Culliford; Editing by Dan Grebler

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