This file photo illustration taken on December 4, 2017 shows mousepad with the Facebook logo at Facebook's new headquarters at Rathbone Place in central London. Facebook was branded (Agence France Presse/Daniel Leal-Olivas)
Facebook said on Monday it took down 1.3 billion fake accounts between October and December last year.
The company also removed more than 12 million pieces of content about COVID-19 and vaccines that global health experts flagged as misinformation, it said in a blog post.
"We take a hard line against this activity and block millions of fake accounts each day, most of them at the time of creation. Between October and December of 2020, we disabled more than 1.3 billion of them," the social media company said.
Facebook has also taken steps to crack down on covert operations that rely on fake accounts.
"We also investigate and take down covert foreign and domestic influence operations that rely on fake accounts. Over the past three years, we’ve removed over 100 networks of coordinated inauthentic behaviour from our platform," it said.
Last year, Facebook launched a wider crack down on malicious and false content at the social networking giant which has led people to turn to private groups of like-minded members who can share content that is not available to the wider Facebook community.
Facebook uses artificial intelligence to automatically scanning posts, even in private groups, taking down pages that repeatedly break its rules or that are set up in violation of the social network's standards.
More than a million groups have been taken down in the past year for violating hate policies. In the past year, Facebook has removed about 1.5 million pieces of content in groups for violating its policies on organized hate, with 91 percent of those posts found by automated software systems.
Over that same period, the leading social network has taken down about 12 million pieces of content in groups for violating policies on hate speech, 87 percent of which was found proactively.
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