Facebook said it had disabled more than 1.3 billion fake accounts in the last three months of last year as part of its efforts to tackle the disinformation.
The social media giant revealed the number via Post Those efforts will be outlined before CEO Mark Zuckerberg testifies at a congressional hearing on Thursday about disinformation via social media.
The number of fake Facebook accounts that were removed between October and December was equivalent to nearly half of the platform’s active monthly users at the end of last year..
“Facebook blocks millions of fake accounts every day, most of them at creation time,” said corporate vice president for integrity (Guy Rosen), and the company investigates and removes covert foreign and domestic influence operations that rely on fake accounts.
According to the post, Facebook now has more than 35,000 people working to combat disinformation through its platforms.
Rosen wrote that a company also invested in artificial intelligence systems that helped remove more than 12 million pieces of content about the Corona virus and the vaccines that were developed to treat it, which global health experts have described as wrong information.
False allegations and plots about coronavirus vaccines spread through social media platforms, including Facebook and Twitter, during the epidemic.
He said: While no one can completely eliminate wrong information from the internet, we continue to use research, teams and technologies to address it in the most comprehensive and effective way possible.
Zuckerberg is scheduled to testify alongside (Jack Dorsey), CEO of Twitter, and Sundar Pichai, CEO of Google, At the virtual hearing of the House Energy and Trade Committee on Thursday, which examines the role of social media platforms in promoting disinformation and extremism.
Lawmakers stepped up pressure on platforms such as Facebook, Twitter and YouTube to address these problems in the wake of the January 6 Capitol riots.