Facebook said on Wednesday it had removed more than 3.2 billion fake accounts between April and September this year, along with millions of leaflets depicting child abuse and suicide.

According to the content oversight report, published by the US social media giant on Wednesday, this number is double the number of fake accounts that the company removed during the same period last year, then removed about 1.55 billion accounts.

Facebook revealed for the first time the number of posts it removed from the Instagram photo sharing app, which is also being used to spread fake news.

The company said in its fourth report on the supervision of content: The proactive detection of infringing content was in all categories on Instagram less than in the application of Facebook, where the company began to use many tools to detect the content of pre-emptive content. For example, these tools were able to detect content associated with terrorist organizations 98.5% of the time, and 92.2% of the time on Instagram.

Facebook said it removed more than 11.6 million posts depicting child nudity and sexual exploitation on Facebook and 754,000 on Instagram in the third quarter.

Law enforcement has expressed concern about Facebook’s plans to provide greater privacy to users by encrypting their instant messaging applications, which could hamper efforts to combat child abuse.

Last month, FBI Director Christopher Wray said the changes would turn the platform into a “dream come true for child predators and child pornography.”

Facebook also added data on its actions on content that included self-harm for the first time in the report. In the third quarter, she said, she removed about 2.5 million photo leaflets or encouraged suicide and self-harm. The company said in a post on its blog: It also removed about 4.4 million publications involving sales of medicines during the quarter.

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