Facebook will hire 3,000 more people over the next year to speed up the removal of videos showing murder, suicide and other violent acts. Fred Katayama reports.
Facebook will hire 3,000 people over the next year. Their specific task: to monitor all Facebook content and speed up the removal of videos showing violence. Chief executive Mark Zuckerberg said in a post that the new jobs will add to the 4,500 people who already review posts. Murders, suicides, and sexual assault posts have plagued the social network. Police said last week, a father in Thailand broadcast himself killing his daughter on Facebook Live. After more than a day, and 370,000 views, Facebook removed the video. The hiring announcement comes just hours before Facebook is due to report quarterly earnings. And that might be good for the company's bottom line, says A&G Capital chief investment officer Hilary Kramer. (SOUNDBITE) HILARY KRAMER, CHIEF INVESTMENT OFFICER, A& G CAPITAL (ENGLISH) SAYING: "There's always a connection between integrity and morals and doing right by society and share prices. And that actually has to do with business. Remember, the big investors out there - they're pension funds, they're public pension funds, they're endowments that are investing money. These investors have mandates. They have their own constitutions which require investments in companies that have integrity and that are buoyed by their own code of ethics." Facebook, the world's largest social network, with 1.9 billion monthly users, has been testing artificial intelligence to monitor content. But experts say no computational mechanism can do the job right just yet.