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Facebook hiring thousands to stop crime, death videos from spreading

07 May 2017

This move by Facebook, indeed, acknowledges the fact that the tech giants need more than just the automated bots to identify and tackle these problems.

Facebook, which had 18,770 employees at the end of March, would not say if the new hires would be contractors or full-time workers.

However, the company also doesn't want to be viewed as censoring content or policing opinions of its almost 2 billion users, who use the platform not just to follow friend and family but also access and share news. Facebook has 17,000 employees overall, excluding contractors. From his interviews and Facebook posts, it appears that Zuckerberg is at least aware of this, even if his company doesn't always respond as quickly as outsiders would like.

Notably, in recent years many live incidents of violence and suicides have seen on Facebook. According to Zuckerberg, Facebook managed to intervene last week after receiving a report that someone was attempting to commit suicide, and were able to send help.

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Facebook has no intention of dialling back its promotion of video, including Live, telling investors on a conference call that it would continue to rank it high in users' news feeds and add more advertising within live videos and clips. In April, a man was killed in a video streamed live on Facebook.

The company's CEO Mark Zuckerberg has announced that it will add a further 3,000 staff to monitor videos and content on its network over the next 12 months, the company already has 4,500 staff working on this.

"If we're going to build a safe community, we need to respond quickly".

In addition to removing videos of crime or getting help for someone who might hurt themselves, he said the reviewers will 'also help us get better at removing things we don't allow on Facebook like hate speech and child exploitation'.

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It's not all up to Facebook, though.

News reports and posts that condemn violence are allowed. They will be responsible for looking into reports of inappropriate material posted on the site.

"We have to be careful that it doesn't become a kind of voyeurism", he said.

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