Facebook will hire 3,000 new employees to scan the site for violence and hate

Facebook will hire 3,000 new employees to scan the site for violence and hate
Looking to halt a trend toward the streaming of violent acts in real time, Facebook announced today that it will hire 3,000 new employees whose job will be to monitor the site looking for  acts of violence and hate. The 3,000 new hires will join the company over the next year and will be added to the 4,500 employees who already have the task of scanning Facebook for violence. Both live video and video posted after the fact will be part of the content to be examined.

Besides violence, Facebook CEO and co-founder Mark Zuckerberg said that the 7,500 will remove posts that are not allowed on Facebook including "hate speech and child exploitation." The executive added that Facebook will continue to work with law enforcement to help stop someone who is hinting about suicide. On a blog post he disseminated today, Zuckerberg relayed a story about someone streaming video on Facebook Live. On the video, this Facebook member talked about committing suicide. Facebook called in the cops and they were able to prevent the man from ending his own life. Ominously, Zuckerberg added that "in other cases, we weren't so fortunate."

The site has hosted a number of high profile violent videos in real time, such as the recent murder of a 74-year old grandfather who was gunned down in cold blood while his assailant streamed it live. A little while after that, a man in Thailand posted videos showing him killing his 11-month old daughter. Both videos were up on the site for a long time before being taken down. And that is exactly what Facebook is trying to avoid by adding the extra monitors.

For those Facebook investors worried about the extra expense of the new hires, Roger McNamee, managing director at tech fund Elevation Partners, says that the move won't affect the social media company's earnings. Others are calling the move "the bare minimum" that Facebook could get away with. Which means that if this plan doesn't work out, the next move will have to involve more drastic steps.


According to Eric Hippeau, managing partner at Lerer Hippeau Ventures, the move by Facebook shows the limitations of using algorithms to find and remove posts related to hate and violence. On CNBC this morning, Hippeau said, "What it shows is the algos cannot do the work of a human editor."

source: MarkZuckerberg via CNBC

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12 Comments

1. Tziggy14

Posts: 611; Member since: Sep 02, 2014

If Facebook can do this, why can't YouTube do the same to keep their advertisers happy

2. GreenMan

Posts: 2668; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

Racist people are what I like to call: "Impossible People" quite simply because they lack any capacity to understand... They can't change their perspectives...

10. Nine1Sickness

Posts: 884; Member since: Jan 30, 2011

People trying to change eachother's perspectives is like two people with different English accents trying to convince eachother they speak the correct English accent. It cannot be done.

3. .KRATOS.

Posts: 433; Member since: Mar 15, 2013

How can we apply for the job haha

5. southernzombie

Posts: 348; Member since: Jan 17, 2017

That is an excellent question.

4. Unordinary unregistered

Or you mean re-hire... they fired a ton of their employees already, and replaced them with AI... s**tty AI that is supposed to do that exact job they already had as well as distinguish fake news from real, and it has failed. Good job Facebook.

6. xondk

Posts: 1904; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

Not enough.

7. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

The problem is, billions of people have phones. Over 900M people have a FB account. There is no way you can prevent it.

8. Spyro

Posts: 334; Member since: Mar 29, 2017

I'm going to assume they would use web traffic and searches to search for hate. No. of users won't affect them either since there are a lot of inactive FB accounts all around the world.

9. DonaldTrump

Posts: 3; Member since: May 04, 2017

More jobs for americans. I am makin america great again

11. L0n3n1nja

Posts: 1499; Member since: Jul 12, 2016

Facebook is a disgusting pit of hatred, I quit using it.

12. k9luvr

Posts: 122; Member since: Oct 17, 2016

3000 new employees won't touch the tip of the ice burg to root out all that hate !

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