Technical / Facebook removing 1 MILLION abusive accounts per day before Indian elections

India Today : Apr 09, 2019, 12:35 PM

Facebook has been working on Indian elections for the past 18 months. Facebook will be activating new regional operations centres, focused on elections in Singapore and Dublin. Facebook has gotten better at using artificial intelligence and machine learning to fight interference. Facebook is blocking or removing posts using artificial intelligence and machine learning as India prepares for battle 2019.

Facebook is blocking or removing posts using artificial intelligence and machine learning as India prepares for battle 2019 (17th Lok Sabha). To strengthen its system Facebook has added 24 new languages to its automatic translation system, 16 of them are Indian languages.

"This dramatically reduces its ability to spread. We continue to expand on this initiative," Mohan wrote. Facebook has been working on Indian elections for the past 18 months, dozens of teams across the globe have been working on securing Indian elections, Mohan added.

"The findings allowed us to concentrate our work on key areas, including blocking and removing fake accounts; fighting the spread of misinformation; stopping abuse by domestic actors; spotting attempts at foreign meddling, and taking action against inauthentic coordinated campaigns," he wrote in the post.

He emphasised that Facebook and its family of apps were working towards making sure that elections (both foreign & domestic) are fair and free from interference. Facebook will be activating new regional operations centres, focused on elections in Singapore and Dublin, these teams will be working with experts in Delhi and together they will be working in tandem with its staff in headquarters in Menlo Park, California.