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Facebook removes millions of child abuse images

Date:25 OCT 2018

Facebook said its Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning software have enabled the social media giant to remove nearly 9 million sexual images of children in the past three months.

Almost of these images, 99%, were removed before any user reported them, Facebook said in a statement 
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The tech giant said in a statement that its moderators removed 8.7 million child abuse images in the past three months.

Facebook's so-called 'Community Standards' ban child exploitation and to avoid the potential for abuse, it takes action on non-sexual content as well, like seemingly benign photos of semi-naked children or children in a bath. 

"We also remove accounts that promote this type of content," Facebook's Global Head of Safety Antigone Davis clarified.

AI-driven software automatically picks up images that contain both nudity and a minor, the company explained.