In its first quarterly Community Standards Enforcement Report,
Facebook said the overwhelming majority of moderation action was
against spam posts and fake accounts: it took action on 837m
pieces of spam, and shut down a further 583m fake accounts on the
site in the three months. But Facebook also moderated 2.5m pieces
of hate speech, 1.9m pieces of terrorist propaganda, 3.4m pieces
of graphic violence and 21m pieces of content featuring adult
nudity and sexual activity.
583 million fake accounts is a rather staggering figure. For context, Twitter’s entire active user base — which surely includes untold millions of fake accounts — is just 330 million. The population of the United States is around 325 million.