Have you ever used Facebook Live? This, of course, is the social media giant’s feature that lets you live stream directly on your page. Your followers can even get notifications when you go live so they know the perfect time to tune in.
You may have watched someone live stream a concert they were attending or a birthday party for an old friend. Those are examples of fun events that most everyone would enjoy. Unfortunately, Facebook Live has taken a turn for the worse and people are posting horrible things that can’t be unseen. The company is making a move that will hopefully stop this from happening.
Why Facebook needs to clean up its Live feature
The first year of Facebook Live has provided some pretty disgusting moments. The site has been guilty of allowing anyone and everyone to post repugnant events such as murders, rapes and child pornography. Very disturbing!
Facebook announced this week that it will be hiring 3,000 new employees over the next year to act as monitors. They will be responsible for looking into reports of inappropriate material posted on the site. If they determine the content to be inappropriate, it will be removed from the site.
Mark Zuckerberg said, “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. 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.
“Over the next year, we’ll be adding 3,000 people to our community operations team around the world — on top of the 4,500 we have today — to review the millions of reports we get every week and improve the process for doing it quickly.”
He also said the monitors will be looking to remove videos showing murder, suicide and other violent acts. Facebook has been using automated software to help keep offensive videos off its site, but clearly, that isn’t working.
And do the math, adding 3,000 new employees makes it a total of 7,500 people responsible for monitoring all posts. That means there is one person for every 266,666 users. This is ridiculous and it’s not going to work.
Hopefully, the new employees will be able to exercise proper judgment and immediately remove the vile content that has been allowed up to now. But don’t hold your breath.