Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Facebook Tries to Fix Streaming Violence Problem with 3,000 New Workers


Facebook Inc (FB.O) will hire 3,000 more people over the next year to speed up the removal of videos showing murder, suicide and other violent acts, in its most dramatic move yet to combat the biggest threat to its valuable public image.

The hiring spree, announced by Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg on Wednesday, is an acknowledgement by Facebook that it needs more than automated software to identify and remove offensive posts that have exploded online and made headlines in the traditional news media.

The problem has become more pressing since the introduction last year of Facebook Live, a service that allows any of Facebook's 1.9 billion monthly users to broadcast video, which has been marred by some violent scenes.

Some violence on Facebook is inevitable given its size, researchers say, but the company has been attacked for its slow response. 

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Source: Reuters

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