Why tech companies owe us more than a quarterly transparency report

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Facebook has more than 2 billion users, and at that scale comes lots of wrongdoing. The company’s latest quarterly transparency report, which quantifies violations of the company’s community standards, conveys just how much wrongdoing.

Here’s Tony Romm with a summary at the Washington Post:

In the second and third quarter of 2019, Facebook said it removed or labeled more than 54 million pieces of content it deemed violent and graphic, 11.4 million posts that broke its rules prohibiting hate speech, 5.7 million uploads that ran afoul of bullying and harassment policies and 18.5 million items determined to be child nudity or sexual exploitation.

The company also detailed for the first time its efforts to police Instagram, revealing that…

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Author: Casey Newton