Facebook Identifies 2.1 Million Posts as Bullying

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Facebook Identifies 2.1 Million Posts as Bullying

Facebook Inc said here on Thursday it had identified about 2.1 million posts as being bullying or harassment in nature on the social network between April and September.

The company revealed the numbers in its second community standards enforcement report, in which the company introduced a new category of data with details on bullying or harassment posts.

Zuckerberg said on Thursday that he has acted swiftly to combat the Russian challenge and supports regulation that would encourage companies to reduce the prevalence of “harmful content.”
He announced several self-regulatory measures, including rough plans to create an independent body by the end of 2019 to review appeals from users who contend their content was wrongly banned. Users also would get a new choice on whether they want to view “borderline content” in their news feeds, he said.

“I’ve increasingly come to believe that Facebook should not make so many important decisions about free expression and safety on our own,” Zuckerberg wrote.
Facebook shares fell 0.3 percent on Thursday, plus an additional 0.3 percent after hours.

Increased regulation is among the biggest threats to Facebook, along with increasing user unease about the service being a safe and secure place to converse, according to financial analysts.

Company profit margins have narrowed in recent quarters as it executes Zuckerberg’s initial plan to combat misbehavior: spending aggressively on people and technology to bolster monitoring.

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