Published: Fri, May 05, 2017
Entertaiment | By Minnie Bishop

Facebook to add 3000 workers to catch and remove streaming violence

Facebook to add 3000 workers to catch and remove streaming violence

Facebook said on Wednesday it is hiring an extra 3,000 staff to remove violent content like the gruesome killings and suicides broadcast on its video platform. More eyes will help us get better in removing violent content from the site, he further added. Zuckerberg also pledged to continue working with law enforcement and community groups in order to prevent people using Facebook to threaten to harm themselves or others from carrying out their intents.

As videos and livestreams of people hurting themselves or others on Facebook become a regular part of the news cycle, the company has been facing mounting pressure to, well, do something about it.

"We disabled the suspect's account within 23 minutes of receiving the first report about the murder video, and two hours after receiving a report of any kind", the company said.

Zuckerberg noted Facebook was recently able to stop one Facebook Live user from committing suicide by acting quickly. 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.

Almost 2 billion people use Facebook every month, and close to 1.3 billion of those users log in to view and share content daily.

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Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg added the company's goal is to add "some anchor content" for the video tab. At their annual F8 conference less than a month ago, the company spent much of its keynote talking about artificial intelligence, machine learning, and deep neural networks - buzzwords that translate to "computer smart". The idea is to establish Facebook as not just a place where people would go to catch up on the news and their friends, but also a "destination for video viewing". Noticeably absent in Zuckerberg's post, however, are any concrete details regarding the employment status, training or support these 3000 new team members will receive. "Facebook should also announce how it is keeping this process accountable".

Facebook last month stepped up its security to counter efforts by governments and others to spread misinformation or manipulate discussions for political reasons.

"If you're doing Facebook Live and a song is playing in the back, they can cut it immediately for copyright".

Facebook has, however, been quick to claim it does offer adequate psychological support and wellness services for everyone that reviews its content.

In a statement, Facebook spokesman Andy Stone said, "We know we have a lot of work to do to keep senseless violence off our platform and we appreciated the discussion today about how to work together to achieve that goal".

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