California, May 11: In view of live streaming of violent and hateful content on Facebook, CEO Mark Zuckerberg has made an announcement on his Facebook profile. He announced that his company would be recruiting 3,000 people to their community operations team around the world. These people would be employed for filtering offensive content like violence, hate speech and child exploitation on Facebook.
In a statement, which was made available to the media, Zuckerberg said over the last few weeks, we have seen people hurting themselves and others on Facebook, either live or in video posted later. It is heartbreaking, and I have been reflecting on how we can do better for our community.
“If we are going to build a safe community, we need to respond quickly. We are working to make these videos easier to report so we can take the right action sooner, whether that means responding quickly when someone needs help or taking a post down” Zuckerberg said.
He said over the next year, 3,000 people would be added to our “community operations team around the world, on top of the 4,500 we have today, in order to review the millions of reports we get every week, and improve the process for doing it quickly.”
In addition to investing in more people, we are also building better tools to keep our community safe. We are 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 agents if someone needs help. As these become available they should help make our community safer, Zuckerberg pledged.
Notably, Supreme Court of India issues notice to social media sites on offensive material. With instances of social media being used to circulate offensive material, including rape videos, coming to light, the Supreme Court sought response from Facebook, Google, Yahoo and Microsoft on why their platforms are hosting illegal activities.