Facebook aims to fix hate speech and objectionable content by hiring 3,000 workers

Facebook aims to fix hate speech and objectionable content by hiring 3,000 workers

Social network Facebook has announced its plan to hire 3,000 workers to keep a check on hate speech and objectionable content. With manual review of content, it will be easier for the largest social network to deal with objectionable content. The move is seen as a step in the right direction by technology experts in terms of public image of Facebook. The announcement made by Mark Zuckerberg also indicates that it is not easy for the technology giant to deal with objectionable content automatically.

As Facebook has massive user base and many users on the social network just share content without checking authenticity of content, Facebook has been blamed for not taking adequate steps to deal with the problem. Many European countries have pressed Facebook to deal with hate speech and fake news. News spread fast on social networks and unless the networks take the issue regarding ‘fake news’ seriously, it will be difficult to deal with the problem in long term. German authorities have warned Facebook about fines if the company fails to remove objectionable or offensive content from its network within 24 hours.

Facebook already has 4,500 people working on reviewing content shared on the network. The company now plans to hire additional 3,000 full time staff members to deal with the issue. Videos of violence and crime have become popular in the recent months on Facebook.

"Just last week, we got a report that someone on Live was considering suicide," Zuckerberg wrote in his message announcing new hiring at Facebook. "We immediately reached out to law enforcement, and they were able to prevent him from hurting himself. In other cases, we weren't so fortunate."

Facebook review staff will keep a close watch on live videos and other shared content on the network. Facebook also uses artificial intelligence in order to find objectionable content.


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