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Facebook announces plans to hire more people to review violent content

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerburg announced on Wednesday, May 3 that the company will hire another 3,000 people to its community operations team to review reports of violent content posted on the platform.

The announcement comes less than two weeks after Steve Stephens posted video of himself murdering Robert Godwin Sr., an elderly man in Cleveland, Ohio.

Last month, Facebook detailed to Grasswire how its community operations team handles graphic and violent content.

These reviewers will also help us get better at removing things we don’t allow on Facebook like hate speech and child exploitation. And we’ll keep working with local community groups and law enforcement who are in the best position to help someone if they need it, either because they’re about to harm themselves, or because they’re in danger from someone else.

Mark Zuckerburg, in a Facebook post

Zuckerburg said Facebook will also “make it simpler” to report posts to the company, faster for reviewers to determine which posts violate their standards, and easier for users to contact law enforcement if they deem it necessary.

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