Facebook addresses security claims

Facebook addresses security claims

Social media giant Facebook Inc has confirmed it has invested more than £13billion in safety and security measures since 2016.

The announcement came soon after the company was accused of failing to fix ‘the platform’s ill effects’ by The Wall Street Journal.

A Facebook blog post read: “In the past, we didn’t address safety and security challenges early enough in the product development process. Instead, we made improvements reactively in response to a specific abuse. But we have fundamentally changed that approach.”

The company has used AI technology to block three billion fake accounts in the first half of this year alone. It has also expanded its privacy tools to include Manage Activity, Off-Facebook Activity and an improved Privacy Checkup.

According to the company the number of people working on safety and security has quadrupled in five years – and now stands at 40,000. The company also says it has Facebook security teams that disrupted and removed more than 150 influence operations since 2017.