Facebook’s transparency report isn’t really that transparent


Facebook's transparency report could sue some work.
Facebook’s transparency report could sue some work.

Another day, another stop on Facebook’s never-ending apology tour.

On Tuesday, that takes the form of the social network’s latest transparency report, which, for the first time, includes stats on the vast amounts of content the company removes for violating its community standards.

In the past, the report’s focused on censorship, tracking Facebook’s response to takedown requests from government officials. But, content removed at the behest of local governments represents only a tiny fraction of the total content Facebook removes every year.

That’s because the vast majority of the content Facebook takes down is the stuff that violates its “community standards,” the social network’s rules that prohibit hate speech, graphic violence, nudity and all the other stuff Facebook doesn’t want you to see.

And the transparency report makes clear just how much of that stuff is making its way through Facebook on a regular basis.

For example, the company says it removed a staggering 583 million fake account during the…

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