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Facebook transparency report released. Which country filed the most requests?

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In the first three months of this year Facebook says they’ve taken down 837 million pieces of spam and disabled 583 million fake accounts, most of them before being reported they claim.

The figures form part of Facebook’s first transparency report that was released yesterday.

CEO Mark Zuckerberg says the report is on the effectiveness of the social network giant’s new enforcement mechanisms. Facebook had last month published its internal guidelines to review posts for hate speech, violence, nudity, terrorism, and other content that don’t conform to its ‘community standards’. The report will be updated twice a year.

Facebook received 82,341 requests for account data in the last half of 2017, a 4 percent increase compared to the first half.

The US had the most requests at 53,625 followed by India with 17,262. A distant third was the UK with 9,719 requests, Germany with 6,493 and Brazil, 6,108 requests.

The report gives detailed information of the government data requests Facebook receives from different countries. Government data requests essentially mean requests for data about people who use Facebook as part of official investigations. According to Facebook, the vast majority of these requests relate to criminal cases, such as robberies or kidnappings.

Screenshot: Facebook

“Thanks to AI tools we’ve built, almost all of the spam was removed before anyone reported it, and most of the fake accounts were removed within minutes of being registered.”

Mark Zuckerberg

 

Besides Facebook, the transparency report also includes information about requests related to Instagram, Messenger, Oculus and WhatsApp.

The report provides updates on the requests received since 2013, and it specifically notes that Facebook was informed in 2016 of the Supreme Court’s decision amending proper interpretation of the Information Technology Act of 2000, and it ceased to act upon legal requests “to remove access to content unless received by way of a binding court order and/or a notification by an authorized agency which conforms to the constitutional safeguards as directed by the Supreme Court”.

Under fire over the Cambridge Analytica controversy, Facebook has also, for the first time, released statistics for its community guidelines enforecement between October 2017 and March 2018 in the six areas of graphic violence, adult nudity and sexual activity, terrorist propaganda, hate speech, spam and fake accounts.

Read more about Facebook’s transparency reports HERE.

Local Thai journalist speaking fluent Thai and English. Tanutam studied in Khon Kaen before attending Bangkok’s Chulalongkhorn University.

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Motorbike driver killed in Thepkasattri road

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A motorbike driver has died after colliding with a pickup truck last night (August 20).

The incident happened near the new Honda Marine showrooms and offices on Thepkrasattri road, southbound, at about 11.45pm last night.

Rescue workers and police arrived at the scene to find a damaged motorbike on the road. Nearby they found the body of a motorbike driver who was later identified as 20 year old Nakarin Noognern from Phang Nga.

Nearby was a pickup truck. The 24 year old driver, Satawat Raksamerwong from Udon Thani, was waiting for police.

Police say that Nakarin was driving his motorbike at high speed heading from Thalang towards Phuket Town. Satawat was driving the pickup and allegedly cut across the path of the motorbike.

Khun Nakarin wasn’t wearing a helmet and no alcohol or drugs were not detected on Satawat following a drug test. Police are yet to press charges at this stage.

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Muay Thai for five year olds – Sport or child abuse?

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Video of two five year olds fighting in a boxing ring has sparked a lot of reaction. The young kids in the 17 kilo division (yes, there’s such a thing) are shown punching each other’s heads, with the occasional kick, as a crowd of baying adults urge them on.

Sanook reports that as one boy is repeatedly forced into a corner the referee makes no attempt to seriously intervene. He merely lets the boys continue flailing at each other in the center of the ring.

Neither child is wearing any head protection.

The video – posted by “Yuthaphoom Khunseuk Tragoonyang” – goes on for a full two minutes. You can watch the video HERE.

Sanook say opinion fell into two camps – one group were praising this as an expression of Thai culture though the national sport of Muay Thai, the other condemning it as nothing more than child abuse for the pleasure of adults that violated the rights of children.

Sanook said that doctors at Mahidol University have stated that 100,000 children under the age of 15 are competing in Muay Thai prize fights in Thailand. They point out that children of this age should not be fighting due to potential damage to the brain.

The Thaiger story about the Mahidol University report HERE.

Sanook said that moves are currently being made to seek a change in the law that allows such “sport”.

SOURCE: Sanook

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