Facebook Recruits Thousands of New Staffers as Number of Live-Streamed Suicides/Murders Increases

People live-streaming suicides and murders has become a trend. Facebook, which is one of the platforms people often use to share the disturbing content, is now attempting to stop the trend by hiring a bunch of new staffers to review all videos posted on the social media.

Facebook’s CEO Mark Zuckerberg said recently that the company would recruit 3,000 new people. They will join 4,500 staffers Facebook has already had to review “the millions of reports we get every week, and improve the process for doing it quickly.”

“Over the last few weeks, we’ve seen people hurting themselves and others on Facebook – either live or in video posted later,” said Zuckerberg. “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 hiring comes on the heels of many videotaped murders and suicides. Last month, a man in Thailand broadcast himself killing his 11-month-old daughter before committing suicide. Previously, another man posted a clip of him murdering a random man on a street.

In addition to hiring new staffers to review videos people share on Facebook, Zuckerberg says that the company’s trying to “keep our community safe” by building better tools that will make it simpler to report problems as well as speed up the time it takes for the reviewing teams to determine which posts fail to meet Facebook’s standards. Also, the company is now working to make it easier for its staff to contact law enforcement if someone needs help. (dth/gaekon)

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