Facebook Updates

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In History
  • (CS) First Global Government Request Report

    First Global Government Requests Report: Transperancy into number of government requests/discoled information. This will eventually become our transparency report inclusive of CSER more info
  • (D&I) Publicly Shared Diversity Figures & Efforts

    Made diversity figures available publicly for the first time. At Facebook we’re serious about building a workplace that reflects a broad range of experience, thought, geography, age, background, gender, sexual orientation, language, culture and many other characteristics: 69% male & 57% white more info
  • (MI) Reduce Click-Bait Posts

    Made an update to identify and reduces the distribution of posts that lead people to click and then quickly come back to News Feed. more info
  • (D&I) Launched Diverse Slate Approach

    Piloting a diverse slate approach: present hiring managers with at least one qualified candidate who is a member of an underrepresented group to fill any open role.
    The numbers: 68% male & 55% white (69%,57% a year ago)
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  • (D&I) Made Managing Bias Trainig Public

  • (D&I) Launched TechPrep

    A resource hub where underrepresented people and their parents and guardians can learn more about computer science and programming and find resources to get them started.
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  • (MI) New System to Reduce Click-Bait

    We built a system that identifies and flags commonly used in clickbait headlines more info
  • (CS) New Policies against Discriminatory 'Ethnic Marketing'

    We will disable the use of ethnic affinity marketing for ads that we identify as offering housing, employment, or credit.
    We will update our Advertising Policies to be even more explicit and require advertisers to affirm that they will not engage in discriminatory advertising on Facebook more info
  • (MI) Working with 3 Party Fact Checkers

    Started working with third-party fact checking organizations. If the fact checking organizations identify a story as fake, it will get flagged as disputed and there will be a link to the corresponding article explaining why. They will alos get lower distribution in NF. more info
  • (MI) Reducing Click-Bait Posts across Languages

    Update, 7/11/18: We’ve expanded clickbait demotions to posts in new languages, including Romanian, Turkish, Russian, Bulgarian, Dutch, Greek, Hungarian, and Hindi. Update, 12/4/18: We’ve expanded clickbait demotions to posts in new languages, including Indonesian and Bengali. more info
  • (CS) Adding 3,000 Pleople To Review Content

    We’re committed to removing hate speech any time we become aware of it. We will add 3,000 people to our community operations team around the world, on top of the 4,500 we have today. more info
  • (D&I) Lift in Women, Hispanic & Black Representation

    This year, the number of women globally has risen from 33% to 35% and the number of women in tech has increased from 17% to 19%. Women now make up 27% of all new graduate hires in engineering and 21% of all new technical hires at Facebook. In the US, we have increased the representation of Hispanics from 4% to 5%, and Black people from 2% to 3%. more info
  • (MI) Using AI to Reduce Missinformation

    Some of the worst offenders use a technique known as “cloaking” to circumvent Facebook’s review processes and show content to people that violates Facebook’s Community Standards and Advertising Policies. We are utilizing artificial intelligence and have expanded our human review processes to help us identify, capture, and verify cloaking. more info
  • (MI) Reduce Distribution of Video Clickbait

    To improve the integrity of information on Facebook, we will begin demoting stories that feature fake video play buttons and static images disguised as videos in News Feed. more info
  • (MI) Blocking Ads From Pages that Repeatedly Share False News

    This update will help to reduce the distribution of false news which will keep Pages that spread false news from making money. more info
  • (MI) Testing 'About this Article'

    Today we are starting a new test to give people additional context on the articles they see in News Feed. This new feature is designed to provide people some of the tools they need to make an informed decision about which stories to read, share, and trust.more info
  • (EI) Requiring Political Advertisers to Verify their Identity

    Once verified, these advertisers will have to include a disclosure in their election-related ads, which reads: “Paid for by.” For political advertisers that do not proactively disclose themselves, we are building machine learning tools that will help us find them and require them to verify their identity. (more info)[https://about.fb.com/news/2017/10/update-on-our-advertising-transparency-and-authenticity-efforts/]
  • (EI) Launched "View Ads' for All Pages

    Launched "View Ads' for all pages. Requiring verification for election related ads, disclosing "“Paid for by" more info
  • (MI) Related Articles Replacing Disputed Flag

    Academic research on correcting misinformation has shown that putting a strong image, like a red flag, next to an article may actually entrench deeply held beliefs – the opposite effect to what we intended. Related Articles, by contrast, are simply designed to give more context more info
  • (EI) Launched Town Hall

    We launched Town Hall, which allows people to easily find and contact their elected officials. more info
  • (CS) 7,500 Content Reviewers, 40% increase

    Community Operations team review bad content on the site, they work 24/7 in over 40 languages. Right now, we have more than 7,500 content reviewers, over 40% more than the number at this time last year. more info
  • (CS) Publishing Our Internal Enforcement Guidelines and Expanded Our Appeals Process

    Publishing our internal enforcement guidelines on our community standards and expanded our appeals process to allow users to appeal our decisions. more info
  • (CSER) First Report. Removed 2.5M Hate Speech Content, 38% AI detected

    Published first CSER. This report covers covers six areas: graphic violence, adult nudity and sexual activity, terrorist propaganda, hate speech, spam, and fake accounts. Q1 2018, We removed 2.5 million pieces of hate speech in Q1 2018 — 38% of which was flagged by our technology more info
  • (CS) Launched Group Amin Moderation Tools

    Admin support: To provide group admins with more timely and personalized help, we’re piloting admin support, a dedicated place for admins to report an issue or ask a question and get a response from Facebook.
    New features for group rules: When admins or moderators remove a post that violates the rules of their community, they can now notify the member with details on which group rule they broke.more info
  • (D&I) Published Fifth Anual Diversity Report

    Women in technical roles have increased from 15% to 22%.
    Women in business and sales roles grew from 47% to 57%.
    Women in senior leadership expanded from 23% to 30%.
    Black and Hispanic employees overall increased from 2% to 4%, and 4% to 5% respectively.
    The percentage of Black employees in business and sales roles grew from 2% to 8% and Hispanic employees from 6% to 8%.more info
  • (MI) Removing Coordinated Inauthentic Behavior

    We’ve removed 652 Pages, groups and accounts for coordinated inauthentic behavior that originated in Iran and targeted people across multiple internet services in the Middle East, Latin America, UK and US.more info
  • (MI) Expanding Fact-Checking Photos & Videos

    Expanding fact-checking for photos and videos to all of our 27 partners in 17 countries around the world (and are regularly on-boarding new fact-checking partners) more info
  • (D&I) Launched CodeFWD

    CodeFWD is a free online education program created in partnership with Sphero to increase the amount of underrepresented and female students interested in studying computer science.more info
  • (EI) Launched Candidate Info

    Launched Candidate Info. A new tools which lets people hear directly from their federal, state, and local candidates on why they’re running for office, what policy issues they care about, and what they hope to accomplish if elected. more info
  • (EI) Launched Ad Archive Report

    Today we’re introducing the Ad Archive Report for ads in the US related to politics and issues of national importance more info
  • (CSER) Removed 2.9M Hate Speech Content, 53% AI detected

    Since 2017, the amount of hate speech we detect proactively, before anyone reports it, has more than doubled from 24% to 52%.
    Our proactive detection rate for violence and graphic content increased 25 percentage points — from 72% to 97%. more info
  • (CSER) Doubled Proactive Hate Speech Detection to 52%

    Since our last report, the amount of hate speech we detect proactively, before anyone reports it, has more than doubled from 24% to 52%. more info
  • (MI) Removing Coordinated Inauthentic Behavior

    Removed 783 Pages, groups and accounts for engaging in coordinated inauthentic behavior tied to Iranmore info
  • (MI) Removing Coordinated Inauthentic Behavior

    We removed 2,632 Pages, Groups and accounts that engaged in coordinated inauthentic behavior on Facebook and Instagram. The operations we found were connected to Iran, Russia, Macedonia and Kosovomore info
  • (CSER) Proactive Hate Speech Detection from 52% to 65%

    For hate speech, we now detect 65% of the content we remove, up from 24% just over a year ago when we first shared our efforts. In the first quarter of 2019, we took down 4 million hate speech posts more info
  • (MI) Removing Coordinated Inauthentic Behavior

    We removed 259 Facebook accounts, 102 Facebook Pages, five Facebook Groups, four Facebook Events and 17 Instagram accounts for engaging in coordinated inauthentic behavior that originated in the UAE and Egypt and focused on a number of countries, primarily in the Middle East and some in North and East Africa, including Libya, Sudan, Comoros, Qatar, Turkey, Lebanon, Syria, Jordan and Morocco.more info
  • (CS) Second Civils Right Audit leads Policy Update

    Based on feedback from civil rights experts we updated our policies so Facebook isn’t used to organize events that intimidate or harass people based on their race, religion, or other parts of their identity. We now ban posts from people who intend to bring weapons anywhere to intimidate or harass others, or who encourage people to do the same. more info
  • (D&I) 25X Black Women, 10x Black Men since 2014

    Since 2014, we have increased the number of Black women at Facebook by 25X and the number of Black men by 10X more info
  • (MI) Removing Coordinated Inauthentic Behavior

    We removed 259 Facebook accounts, 102 Facebook Pages, five Facebook Groups, four Facebook Events and 17 Instagram accounts for engaging in coordinated inauthentic behavior that originated in the UAE and Egypt and focused on a number of countries, primarily in the Middle East and some in North and East Africa, including Libya, Sudan, Comoros, Qatar, Turkey, Lebanon, Syria, Jordan and Morocco. more info
  • (CS) FB on Free Expression

    Mark Zuckerberg spoke at Georgetown University about the importance of protecting free expression. He underscored his belief that giving everyone a voice empowers the powerless and pushes society to be better over time — a belief that’s at the core of Facebook.more info
  • (EI) Launched Facebook Protect

    Lauched Facebook Protect to further secure the accounts of elected officials, candidates, their staff and others who may be particularly vulnerable to targeting by hackers and foreign adversaries. more info
  • (EI) Candidate Spend Tracker in Ads Library

    A new US presidential candidate spend tracker, so that people can see how much candidates have spent on ads more info
  • (EI) Fale Information Warning

    Content across Facebook and Instagram that has been rated false or partly false by a third-party fact-checker will start to be more prominently labeled so that people can better decide for themselves what to read, trust and share. more info
  • (EI) Banning Ads Against Voter Suppression

    Following up on a commitment we made in the civil rights audit report released in June, we have now implemented our policy banning paid advertising that suggests voting is useless or meaningless, or advises people not to vote. more info
  • (CSER) 80% Proactive Detection from 68%

    Our proactive rate has climbed to 80%, from 68% in our last report, and we’ve increased the volume of content we find and remove for violating our hate speech policy. more info
  • (MI) Removing Coordinated Inauthentic Behavior

    Today, we removed 93 Facebook accounts, 17 Pages and four Instagram accounts for violating our policy against coordinated inauthentic behavior. This activity originated in Iran and focused primarily on the US, and some on French-speaking audiences in North Africa. more info
  • (MI) Expanding Fact-Checking on IG Globally

    Expanding our fact-checking program globally to allow fact-checking organizations around the world to assess and rate misinformation on our platform.more info
  • (CS) Ban Census Interference

    New policy that bans misleading information about when and how to participate in the census and the consequences of participating, and a new advertising policy that prohibits ads that portray census participation as useless or meaningless or advise people not to participate in the census. These policies are due in large part to the work being done with the civil rights community through our civil rights audit more info
  • (MI) Removing Coordinated Inauthentic Behavior

    Today, we removed 39 Facebook accounts, 344 Pages, 13 Groups and 22 Instagram accounts as part of a domestic-focused network that originated in the country of Georgia.more info
  • (MI) Removing Coordinated Inauthentic Behavior

    We removed 78 Facebook accounts, 11 Pages, 29 Groups and four Instagram accounts for violating our policy against foreign or government interference. This activity originated in Russia and focused primarily on Ukraine and neighboring countries.more info
  • (MI) Removing Coordinated Inauthentic Behavior

    We removed 5 networks of accounts, Pages and Groups engaged in foreign or government interference — which is coordinated inauthentic behavior. We removed 467 Facebook accounts, 248 Pages, 49 Groups and 1,245 IG accounts more info
  • (EI) US Census Efforts

    Launched notifications at the top of Facebook and Instagram so when people visit their feeds, they see more information about the census and a reminder to complete it. More than 11 million people on Facebook and Instagram clicked through the notifications to the Census Bureau’s website more info
  • (MI) Reducing Covid Misinformation

    During the month of April, we put warning labels on about 50 million pieces of content related to COVID-19 on Facebook, based on around 7,500 articles by our independent fact-checking partners.more info
  • (CS) Oversight Board Members

    Facebook’s new Oversight Board announces its first members, marking a fundamental change in the way some of the most difficult and significant decisions around content on our platforms will be made. more info
  • (CSER) 90% Hate Speech Removed Proactively

    90% of the hate speech we remove before someone reports it — up from 24% little over two years ago. We took action against 9.6 million pieces of content in the first quarter of 2020 more info
  • (MI) Requiring ID Verification

    In 2018, we started to verify the identity of people managing Pages with large audiences, and now we’re extending ID verification to some profiles with large audiences in the US. Moving forward, we will verify the identity of people who have a pattern of inauthentic behavior on Facebook and whose posts start to rapidly go viral in the US. more info
  • (EI) Launched Voter Registration Center

    Launched largest voter information center and registation campaing in the us - goal is to register 4M more info
  • (D&I) Spending $1B Diverse Suppliers

    We’re setting a goal to spend at least $1 billion with diverse suppliers next year and every year thereafter. As part of this, we’ll spend at least $100 million annually with Black-owned suppliers. more info
  • (D&I) Elevate Program Reach

    We’ll reach 1 million members of the Black community and 1 million members of the Latinx community in the US through a program called Elevate that provides free training in the digital skills they need to succeed more info
  • (D&I) Scholarships for Black Students

    We’re giving 100,000 scholarships to Black students working toward digital skills certifications through our Facebook Blueprint program more info
  • (D&I) Donated $15M Racial Justice

    Juneteenth, we’ll donate $5 million ($19 each) to over 250,000 Facebook Fundraisers created for three racial justice organizations: Equal Justice Initiative, Thurgood Marshall College Fund and the Innocence Project. more info
  • (D&I) Launched Lift Black Voices

    We’re creating a new space in the Facebook app called Lift Black Voices to highlight stories from Black people, share educational resources, and inspire people to take action through fundraising for racial justice causes more info
  • (D&I) Committing to 50% of Workforce from Underrepresented Communities

    We’ve already committed to have 50% of our workforce be from underrepresented communities by the end of 2023, and we’re working to double our number of Black and Latinx employees in the same timeframe. more info
  • (CS) 95.7% Hate Speech Removed within 24hrs

    European Commission report found that Facebook assessed 95.7% of hate speech reports in less than 24 hours, faster than YouTube and Twitter more info
  • (EI) Preventing Voter Supression During Covid

    In the midst of Covid, we're also focused on preventing new forms of potential voter suppression. For example, if someone says on Election Day that a city has been identified as a Covid hotspot, is that voter suppression or simply sharing health information? more info
  • (CS) Labeling Newsworthy Content

    We will soon start labeling some of the content we leave up because it is deemed newsworthy, so people can know when this is the case.There is no newsworthiness exemption to content that incites violence or suppresses voting. Even if a politician or government official says it more info
  • (CS) Prohibiting Wider Category of Hateful Content in Ads

    We're expanding our ads policy to prohibit claims that people from a specific race, ethnicity, national origin, religious affiliation, caste, sexual orientation, gender identity or immigration status are a threat to the physical safety, health or survival of others. We're also expanding our policies to better protect immigrants, migrants, refugees and asylum seekers from ads.more info
  • (CS) Prohibiting Wider Category of Hateful Content in Ads

    Expanding our ads policy to prohibit claims that people from a specific race, ethnicity, national origin, religious affiliation, caste, sexual orientation, gender identity or immigration status are a threat to the physical safety, health or survival of others. Also expanding our policies to better protect immigrants, migrants, refugees and asylum seekers.more info
  • (EI) Additional Steps to Fight Voter Suppression

    We will also ban posts that make false claims saying ICE agents are checking for immigration papers at polling places, which is a tactic used to discourage voting. We'll also remove any threats of coordinated interference, like someone saying "My friends and I will be doing our own monitoring of the polls to make sure only the right people vote", which can be used to intimidate voters more info
  • (CS) 35K People Working on Safety & Security

    We invest billions of dollars each year in people and technology to keep our platform safe. We have tripled — to more than 35,000 — the people working on safety and security. We’re a pioneer in artificial intelligence technology to remove hateful content at scale. more info