Following the influx of crimes being streamed live on Facebook, the company is taking steps to fight back by hiring more employees to review its content. Facebook is hiring another 3,000 people to oversee questionable content including murders and suicides. There are currently 4,500 people already working at Facebook to oversee content.
Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg took to his own account to share the announcement and his thoughts behind the decision. "Over the last few weeks, we've seen people hurting themselves and others on Facebook -- either live or in video posted later. It's heartbreaking, and I've been reflecting on how we can do better for our community," he wrote. "If we're going to build a safe community, we need to respond quickly. We're working to make these videos easier to report so we can take the right action sooner -- whether that's responding quickly when someone needs help or taking a post down."
The tech founder shared that someone on Facebook was considering suicide last week. When it was reported, the company contacted law enforcement and they prevented the person from harming himself. Zuckerberg says that the reviewers will also remove content like hate speech and child explotation that the platform disallows.
There has been an ongoing trend of streaming crimes with the advent of Facebook Live. Just days ago, a man killed himself on the platform after a breakup.