Facebook to hire 3,000 to review videos of crime and suicide

NEW YORK (AP) — Facebook says it will hire another 3,000 people to review videos and posts of crime and other questionable content following murders shown live on its site.

That’s on top of the 4,500 people Facebook already has for such reviews. The announcement comes from CEO Mark Zuckerberg in a Facebook post Wednesday.

Facebook has been criticized recently for not doing enough to prevent videos — such as a murder in Cleveland and a killing of a baby in Thailand — from spreading on its service.

Videos and posts that glorify violence are against Facebook’s rules. But in most cases they’re only reviewed and possibly removed if users report them.

News reports and posts that condemn violence are allowed. This makes for a tricky balancing act for the company.

The state of Texas has a cyber crimes unit that monitors for online crimes—mostly child pornography, drug smuggling, and human trafficking. It’s operated out of Attorney General Ken Paxton’s office who says these employees will help what the AG’s office is already doing.

“Obviously social media has done great things for our country. It allows people to communicate in all types of different ways,” says Paxton, “But having 3,000 employees monitoring some very hard things and getting them off of Facebook, I say can only be a good thing.”

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