Facebook to hire a team of 3,000 people to monitor violent and other inappropriate posts

By : |May 6, 2017 0

In the light of ever increasing violent broadcasts on its platform, Facebook is hiring a team of 3,000 humans to flag violent and other inappropriate content on its platform.

CEO Mark Zuckerberg said on Wednesday that Facebook will hire 3,000 more people over the next twelve months to monitor reports about violent videos and other objectionable material. The social network already has 4,500 people around the world working on this, he added.

The announcement came after a spate of violent videos were shared on Facebook in the past month, including a murder and live confession in Cleveland that garnered a lot of attention in mid-April.


“We’ve seen people hurting themselves and others on Facebook — either live or in video posted later,” Zuckerberg wrote. “It’s heartbreaking, and I’ve been reflecting on how we can do better for our community.”

In addition to murders and suicides, Facebook will also use the additional staff to flag and remove other things as per the company’s policies, such as hate speech and child exploitation. The company is also working on tools to make it easier to report posts so that the team can be alerted to major problems as quickly as possible.

While the new team is expected to speed up some of the bottleneck that results in the gap between reporting content and that content being taken down, Facebook said it will continue to work with authorities and also continue to invest in new technology.

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