Removing one million accounts a day to ensure elections are fair and free: Facebook 

WION Web Team
New Delhi, Delhi, India Published: Apr 10, 2019, 11:24 AM(IST)

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Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning help Facebook, at a large scale, to identify abusive or violating content, quickly locate it across the platform and remove it in bulk, Mohan wrote in a blog post

Ahead of Lok Sabha elections, Facebook has said it is making progress in its efforts to prevent online abuses and has blocked or removed about one million accounts a day using artificial intelligence and machine learning, the company’s Managing Director and Vice President Ajit Mohan said in a blog post.

''This work is done across dozens of teams, both in India and around the globe, and began more than 18 months ago. The findings allowed us to concentrate our work on key areas, including blocking and removing fake accounts; fighting the spread of misinformation; and taking action against inauthentic coordinated campaigns,'' he wrote in the blog post.

Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning help Facebook, at a large scale, to identify abusive or violating content, quickly locate it across the platform and remove it in bulk, Mohan wrote in a blog post.

“This dramatically reduces its ability to spread. We continue to expand on this initiative, adding 24 new languages—including 16 for India—to our automatic translation system," Mohan wrote.

According to the blog post, Facebook is working with its family of apps, which includes Instagram and WhatsApp, to make sure the general elections are fair and free from interference—both foreign and domestic. Recently, Facebook took down nearly 700 pages linked to individuals, majority of which were associated with the Congress, along with an IT firm Silver Touch which has worked with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) for spamming users.

Mohan said Facebook and its family of apps are making sure the elections are fair and free from interference, both foreign and domestic.

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