The company Facebook said on Tuesday that during the second quarter of the year it deleted 7 million accounts because they spread false information about the coronavirus, including exaggerated cures and false ways to protect against it.
Facebook made the announcement as part of a standards report submitted by the company in 2018, in response to criticism that it had been shown to be lenient in terms of controlling the content users posted on its platforms.
During the second quarter, the world’s largest social media firm removed about 22.5 million posts containing hate speech on its main app, up from 9.6 million in the first quarter.
It also deleted 8.7 million posts related to extremist organizations, compared to 6.3 million in the previous period.
Facebook said it now relied more than ever on automation technology to control the content of posts as there were fewer people in the company offices due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The company said it was expanding its hate speech policy, including “content featuring people who paint their faces black, or prejudices about Jews who control the world.”