Web Desk — Ever wanted to work for Facebook? Mark Zuckerberg has just announced 3,000 new jobs. The catch? You’ll have to review objectionable content on the platform, which has recently hosted live-streamed footage of murder, suicide and rape.
Facebook is hiring moderators. But is the job too gruesome to handle? https://t.co/ZqWt897OUV
— Guardian Tech (@guardiantech) May 4, 2017
As per a Guardian report, Zuckerberg revealed in an announcement, that the company already has 4,500 people around the world working in its “community operations team” and that the new hires help improve the review process, which has come under fire for both inappropriately censoring content and failing to remove extreme content quickly enough. Just last week the company left footage of a Thai man killing his 11-month-old daughter on Facebook Live on the platform for a whole day.
Instead of scrutinizing content before it’s uploaded, Facebook relies on users of the social network to report inappropriate content. Moderators then review reported posts – hundreds every shift – and remove them if they fall foul of Facebook’s community standards. Facebook does not allow nudity (including female, but not male, nipples), hate speech or glorified violence.
Facebook refused to offer any further detail about the nature of the new roles, including the job description, whether they would be employees or contractors, or where they would be based. However, one thing is clear: such work is grueling and, experts say, can lead to psychological trauma.