(Reuters) – Facebook Inc. said on Tuesday that it has invested more than $ 13 billion in security and safety measures since 2016, days after a newspaper reported that the company had failed to address the "bad effects of the platform" as a researcher had identified.  The social media giant said it now has 40,000 people working in security, compared to 10,000 five years ago.
Facebook reduced the negative impact on young users of its Instagram app and had a weak response to alarms from employees about how the platform is used in developing countries by human trafficking, the Wall Street Journal reported last week citing a review of internal corporate documents.
"Previously, we did not address the safety and security challenges early enough in the product development process," the company said in a blog post. "But we have changed that way fundamentally."
Facebook said that its artificial intelligence technology has helped it block 3 billion fake accounts in the first half of this year. The company also removed more than 20 million pieces of counterfeit covid-1
The company said it was now removing 15 times more content that violates its standards for hate speech on Facebook and its Instagram photo sharing platform than when it first reported it in 2017.