Between October and December 2020, Facebook disabled over 1.3 billion fake accounts. That’s just one of the figures the company mentioned in a blog post on Monday about its efforts to combat misinformation ahead of a House hearing on the subject later this week.
According to the blog post, Facebook employs over 35,000 people to combat misinformation on its platforms. With the help of its AI systems, the social network said it has also removed more than 12 million pieces of content containing misinformation about COVID-19 and vaccines, as well as over 100 networks of coordinated inauthentic behaviour from its platforms over the last three years.
Mark Zuckerberg, the CEO of Facebook, is one of the tech executives scheduled to testify at a congressional hearing on the spread of misinformation on the internet on Thursday. During the remote joint hearing convened by the subcommittees for Communications and Technology and Consumer Protection and Commerce, Google CEO Sundar Pichai and Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey will also testify.