Social media behemoth Facebook is once again looking to tighten its stranglehold on user-generated content with the hiring of an army of censorship engineers.
The internet site which allows users to post thoughts, links, and statuses to be shared with friends, has come under fire recently for their blatant inability to prevent violent and hateful imagery from being disseminated throughout their platform. An unfathomable number of live-streamed murders, rapes, and assaults have given the world’s most populated social media site a disgusting and frightening stigma as the Wild West of internet broadcasting.
Another concern of the enormous site is its use by radical Islamic organizations to engage, recruit, and train lone wolf operatives to carry out Jihadi attacks all across Europe and the United States. Facebook has become a focal point of several lawsuits in recent weeks challenging the site’s commitment to reducing its effectiveness as a tool of the terrorists.
Now, Facebook is planning to go on a massive hiring spree in order to help eliminate both the issue of terrorist appropriation of the site, and to more quickly respond to violent imagery uploaded to the site.
“Facebook is hiring 3,000 new employees for its ‘community operations team’ whose job will be to remove posts that are flagged as inappropriate by users.
“Though the statement released by Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg indicated that the employees would be hired to combat the rise in live streamed murder and suicide, Zuckerberg also added that it would allow them to ‘get better at removing things we don’t allow on Facebook’ such as ‘hate speech.’
“’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,’ announced Zuckerberg in the post on his page. ‘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.’”
The concern here is fairly obvious: Facebook’s massive team of censors will be working according to their own code of ethics. While some may find a post offensive, others may not. The broad range of instances in which one could invoke the battlecry of “hate speech” will vary wildly from person-to-person, leaving room for a massive misuse of the new system.
Furthermore, Facebook has proven time and again that they are only interested in promoting leftist, globalist political agendas via their massive broadcasting platform. This leads many to believe that Facebook’s 3,000-strong team of “hate speech” censors will be prone to eliminating flagged content that simply doesn’t agree with the vision that CEO Mark Zuckerberg has for the world. This was certainly the case a year ago, when it was revealed that Facebook was removing conservative-leaning articles from the “Trending Topics” section of the site by hand, under direction of Zuckerberg himself.
Again, we must ask ourselves the question: At what point does Facebook grow into its broadcaster status, and find itself removed from the flimsy veil of immunity from the FCC?