Facebook to hire an additional 3,000 people to review videos of crime, suicide

Breanna Edwards, The Root | 5/3/2017, 12:37 p.m.
The 3,000 people are being added to the 4,500 individuals already tasked to take part in such reviews.
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In the past few years, particularly with the advent Facebook Live, the social media website has seen an increase in live-streamed suicides, killings, sex crimes, abuse - the painful list goes on and on.

Now Facebook is slated to hire 3,000 more people to review videos and posts of crime and other questionable content, following the seeming uptick of such incidents being documented on its site, the Los Angeles Times reports.

The 3,000 people are being added to the 4,500 individuals already tasked to take part in such reviews.

“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,” Zuckerberg said in his statement.

As the Times notes, Facebook has been facing criticism for not doing enough to prevent videos of these awful crimes from spreading across its platform. Most recently, in the United States, Robert Godwin Sr., 74, was gunned down on Facebook Live by Steve Stephens, who later killed himself as he was being pursued by police.

The video shocked the nation and added insult to an already gaping wound for the family, who had their loved ones death heartless broadcasted online.

Back in March, in Chicago, a 15-year-old girl was sexually assaulted by multiple men or boys on a Facebook Live broadcast that was allegedly watched by at least 40 people, none of whom reported the incident.

Zuckerberg promised in his statement that it would be easier to report issues, and will also speed up the process for reviewers to determine which posts violate the community standards and also make it easier for reviewers to contact law enforcement if someone needs help.

“In addition to investing in more people, we’re also building better tools to keep our community safe. We’re going to make it simpler to report problems to us, faster for our reviewers to determine which posts violate our standards and easier for them to contact law enforcement if someone needs help. As these become available they should help make our community safer,” he added.