Facebook taking big steps to combat LIVE-streamed crimes

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Facebook has been raked over the coals for not identifying and removing crimes and suicides being live-streamed on its platform, which has become a chilling trend these days.

However, the social media giant is now addressing the matter in its plan to hire 3,000 more people over the next year to specifically monitor these situations. That would bring the total to 7,500 employees assigned to identifying and removing questionable content.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg posted on Wednesday that the new hires will be assigned to their community operations team, worldwide. They — along with the current 4,500 similarly-tasked employees — will review the “millions of reports” sent in from Facebook users every week, and will also monitor the site, themselves, to identify questionable posts.

Zuckerberg confirmed that reviewers will continue to work with local law enforcement agencies and brought up one recent incident.

“Just last week, we got a report that someone on Live was considering suicide,” he said. “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.”

Many infamous crimes have been live streamed on Facebook, but perhaps none more troubling than the murder of a baby in Thailand last month which was not removed for 24 hours.



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