Facebook Will Hire 3,000 People to Watch Videos of Murder, Suicides, and Mayhem

On Wednesday, Mark Zuckerberg announced his plans to simultaneously create jobs and crack down on offensive posts.
May 3, 2017, 7:30pm

After months of murders, rapes, torture, and other violent acts turning up in users' feeds—Mark Zuckerberg has announced that Facebook plans to hire a few thousand more people to help better monitor videos posted to the social network.

"Over the next year, we'll be adding 3,000 people to our community operations team around the world—on top of the 4,500 we have today—to review the millions of reports we get every week, and improve the process for doing it quickly," Zuckerberg said in a Facebook post Wednesday morning. The CEO added that Facebook will be making it easier for users to report "problems," noting that the company receives "millions of reports" every week.

Zuckerberg did not mention any specific event that led to Facebook's decision to increase its "community operations" headcount by 75 percent. But it's a safe bet that the recent livestreamed infanticide and the widely publicized shooting of an elderly man in Cleveland on Easter Sunday figured into the company's thinking.

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