Facebook to hire 3,000 employees to tackle hate content

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg stresses the importance of building a safer online community

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Facebook to hire 3,000 employees to tackle hate content  The new employees will be responsible for monitoring the social media network and removing all hateful content
By  Aasha Bodhani Published  May 4, 2017

As of late a new trend of violent and hate content has been broadcasted on Facebook, in particular on its Live feature; CEO Mark Zuckerberg wants to tackle this with 3,000 extra employees.

The new employees will be responsible for monitoring the social media network and removing all hateful content, such as hate speech and child exploitation, and with extra monitoring of posted videos and live videos.

The announcement comes after a Thai man used Facebook Live to broadcast the killing of his own daughter before committing suicide. This is not the only incident on Facebook; the murder of a 74-year old grandfather was streamed on the site as well as suicides.

Such videos has sparked an outrage, not only because of the nature of the content but also because Facebook took hours to remove the content.

In a statement, Zuckerberg said:

"Over the last few weeks, we've seen people hurting themselves and others on Facebook -- either live or in video posted later. It's heartbreaking, and I've been reflecting on how we can do better for our community.

If we're going to build a safe community, we need to respond quickly. We're working to make these videos easier to report so we can take the right action sooner -- whether that's responding quickly when someone needs help or taking a post down.

Over the next year, we'll be adding 3,000 people to our community operations team around the world -- on top of the 4,500 we have today -- to review the millions of reports we get every week, and improve the process for doing it quickly.

These reviewers will also help us get better at removing things we don't allow on Facebook like hate speech and child exploitation. And we'll keep working with local community groups and law enforcement who are in the best position to help someone if they need it -- either because they're about to harm themselves, or because they're in danger from someone else."

The extra employees will be added to the 4,500 employees who are already responsible for tackling violence on the social platform.

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