In the third quarter of this year, Facebook removed 11.6 million messages that showed child abuse, the company writes in a message on its website on Wednesday.
That is the double number of messages with child abuse that were deleted in the first quarter of 2019. Then it was 5.8 million of such messages. According to Facebook, more than 99 percent of these messages are now being proactively deleted. This means that Facebook takes action before users make a report.
Facebook also announces that it has removed 2.5 million messages showing suicide or self-harm. These messages also sometimes contain incentives to do this.
In the second quarter of 2019, two million of such messages were already deleted. Facebook also stopped Facebook a lot. On this platform there were 845,000 messages about suicide and self-harm.
Also, between July and September of this year, 4.4 million messages were cleared offering drugs. Facebook also stopped 2.3 million messages offering firearms. In the meantime, Facebook says it is holding back 93.8 percent of these messages, while in the first quarter of this year that percentage was still 69.9 percent.