Posted on May 4, 2017 by staff

Facebook recruiting 3,000 to combat murder & suicide videos


Facebook has announced it will recruit 3,000 more staff to help monitor the social network following an increase of live-streamed murders and suicides.

Although no exact incident was mentioned by the Californian firm, the move follows  a man in Thailand broadcasting his 11-month-old daughter’s death before killing himself, and the widely publicised shooting of an elderly man in Cleveland.

Mark Zuckerberg has previously described the situation as ‘heartbreaking’.

The news was revealed in a post on his personal Facebook page – which also announced increased profits as the social network closes in on two billion users.

He wrote: “We have a lot more work to build a global community that works for everyone.

“I shared earlier today that we’re adding 3,000 people to our community operations team to review reported posts faster when someone needs help.

“We’re also continuing our work to spot false news, and enabling greater civic engagement by connecting people with their government representatives.

“This quarter we also took a major technology step forward at F8 by opening up the camera to be the first mainstream augmented reality platform.

“I’m excited to get virtual and augmented reality in more of your hands soon.”

Facebook chief operating officer Sheryl Sandberg echoed this sentiment by commenting on the post: “Keeping people safe is our top priority. We won’t stop until we get it right.”

Zuckerberg added: “We just announced our quarterly results and gave an update on our progress connecting the world.

“Our community now has more than 1.9 billion people, including almost 1.3 billion people active every day.

“Our next focus is building community. More than 100 million people on Facebook are members of ‘very meaningful’ groups – like parent support groups or illness support groups that are an important part of their lives.

“My hope is to help more than 1 billion people join very meaningful groups to strengthen our social fabric over the next few years.”

It has not yet been revealed where the jobs will be based.