Facebook (FB) - Get Report deleted 3.2 billion fake accounts between April and September this year, more than twice as many as it removed during the same period last year, when it removed 1.55 billion accounts.
The figures are part of a new report from the company detailing its content moderation efforts and enforcement of community standards for Q2 and Q3 of 2019.
For the first time, the social network also broke out its content moderation efforts for Instagram, saying it had removed 754,000 pieces of content there depicting child nudity and sexual exploitation of children in the third quarter, and 11.6 million pieces of similar content on Facebook. The company said that 99% of such content was pro-actively detected on Facebook, and more than 92% of it was detected pro-actively on Instagram.
Facebook also provided details on its content moderation around suicide and self-harm, saying it had removed about 4.5 million pieces of sensitive content that might encourage users to engage in self-injury on Facebook in Q2 and Q3, and 1.68 million pieces of similar content on Instagram.