Violent Videos Are Facebook's Problem
NEW YORK (AP) - Facebook said Wednesday it will hire an additional 3,000 people to review videos of crimes and suicides following the live transmission of several homicides.
The social network already counts on 4,500 technicians who watch this type of content.
The announcement was made by CEO Mark Zuckerberg on a blog.
Facebook has been criticized for not doing enough to combat the transmission of such content, such as a recent murder in Cleveland and the killing of a baby in Thailand.
According to the Facebook user agreement, it is prohibited to place videos or messages that glorify violence. But in many cases users are those who report those contents to the company, which then takes them out.
In most cases, it is only reviewed and eventually a message is withdrawn if there are user complaints. News reports and messages condemning violence are allowed. This places the company in a delicate situation. Facebook does not want to exercise censorship in cases of violent videos, such as those documenting police brutality or the horrors of war, if they have a useful purpose.
Live videos of police actions are particularly difficult since the viewer does not know what will happen. This unpredictability is part of its appeal.
Negative videos reach the front pages, but they constitute a small proportion of the messages. What are the positives? Those of the first steps of a child to be seen relatives living far away, news, musicians who act for their fans, people who raise money for good works.