Following a number of headlines, in which shocking and disturbing incidents were broadcast live on Facebook, CEO Mark Zuckerberg has announced that he is hiring a team to monitor the feature.
The billionaire tech head announced Wednesday (May 3) that he will hire 3,000 additional employees to specifically monitor content and remove extreme or violent videos.
“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,” Zuckerberg said in a Facebook post. “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.”
The new hires will review the “millions of reports” Facebook receives each week for posts that may violate its terms of service. There’s already 4,500 who are tasked with the join.
Zuckerberg hopes the decision will “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,” he said in the Facebook post.
Facebook has been criticized for not doing enough to prevent the spread of videos with violence.
The move comes on the heels of Steve Stephens (aka the “Facebook Killer”), who uploaded a photo of himself killing an old man, spawning a multi-state manhunt.