Facebook Live Abuse Forces an Additional 3,000 Hires

08.05.2017

Facebook has been growing significantly, both in terms of users (around 1.86 billion monthly actives) and new possibilities. Facebook Live, in particular, has brought the problem of disturbing content to a new level. Live streams are hard to control and predict – which is why Facebook has announced it’s hiring an addition 3,000 people to pay attention to sift through reports.

“Over the last few weeks, we've seen people hurting themselves and others on Facebook -- either live or in video posted later”, Facebook’s CEO Mark Zuckerberg wrote in a post announcing the new hires. According to Recode, the company’s long-term solution would be AI that automatically detects violence and pulls it down. Short-term, however, more people seem to be the only move short of ignoring the problem.

And there is a problem. Just last month, a murder and live confession in Cleveland was shared on the social network. And while Zuckerberg didn’t mention the case specifically, it did garner a lot of attention and highlights everything that can go wrong with video content. On the other side of the medal, Facebook wants to try and play a role in prevention:

“Just last week, we got a report that someone on Live was considering suicide. We immediately reached out to law enforcement, and they were able to prevent him from hurting himself. In other cases, we weren't so fortunate”, Zuckerberg wrote in his post.

The 3,000 new hires are definitely not just a light-handed decision. Currently, Facebook has around 17,000 employees. That means the new hires will represent around a sixth of the platform’s current workforce – and that’s a lot.
 
Source: https://www.recode.net/2017/5/3/15531478/facebook-hiring-3000-people-violent-inappropriate-video-content-post
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