In a blog post earlier today, Facebook revealed that the social network has disabled over 1.3 billion fake accounts between October and December 2020. This is one of the several stats the company highlighted ahead of the company’s hearing later this week regarding the social network’s attempt and combating misinformation over the platform.
Facebook also revealed that there are over 35,000 employees working on combating misinformation across different platforms. Apart from the fake accounts, the blog post revealed that Facebook removed more than 12 million pieces of content with misinformation about COVID-19 and vaccines with help from its AI systems.
Facebook Vice President Guy Rosen said, “Despite all of these efforts, there are some who believe that we have a financial interest in turning a blind eye to misinformation. The opposite is true. We have every motivation to keep misinformation off of our apps and we’ve taken many steps to do so at the expense of user growth and engagement.”
In case you didn’t know, Facebook’s CEO Mark Zuckerberg is one of the tech executives set to appear during a congressional hearing focused on the spread of false information across different platforms.