Facebook: spam content removal Q4 2017 - Q1 2020

This statistic shows the number of content containing spam that Facebook took action on from the fourth quarter of 2017 to the first quarter of 2020. In the most recently reported period, the social network took action on about 1.9 billion pieces of spam content, an vast increase in violations from 727 million in the last quarter of 2017. Facebook has invested in enhanced technology to detect automated and coordinated spam.

Global number of spam content removed by Facebook from 4th quarter 2017 to 1st quarter 2020

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Release date

May 2020



Survey time period

Q4 2017 to Q1 2020

Supplementary notes

According to Facebook, "Spam is a broad term used to describe content that is designed to be shared in deceptive and annoying ways or attempts to mislead users to drive engagement. Spam spreads in a number of ways: It can be automated (published by bots or scripts) or coordinated (when an actor uses multiple accounts to spread deceptive content). Spammers aim to build audiences to inflate their content's distribution and reach, typically for financial gain. The tactics spammers use, and our ability to detect them, drive the amount of content we take action on as well as our proactive rate."

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