Put under immense pressure from legislators and consumers to protect its site, Facebook has pledged to double its headcount to address issues related to safety and security.
Speaking to legislators on Tuesday, General Counsel Colin Stretch testified this, along with executives from other companies like Twitter and Google. He assured them that Facebook’s staff is focused on security-related issues, and to help resolve them, the company will double its employee base to 20,000.
During a Senate Judiciary subcommitee hearing, Stretch said: “Today, across our safety, security, and product and community operation teams, we have about 10,000 people who are working on safety and security, generally.” He assured them that Facebook is committed to hiring people to complete the work.
This is considered to be a commitment of humongous proportions. As of June 30, 2017, the company employs 20,658 people. The team that works on terrorist content is in the thousands, and 150 of them are for eradicating related content.
Facebook has already indicated that it will be hiring around 3,000 content moderators to remove videos containing violence and suicide attempts. In a previous statement, the company had said that it will hire another 1,000 people to work specifically on taking down inappropriate ads.
The additional 10,000 workers Stretch mentioned includes the 4,000 that were already planned.
Facebook said some of these workers will be hired as contractors.
Facebook has informed its investors that the company will be focused on investing in staffing for a while, though growth has been sluggish. In its previous annual report, the company indicated that the increase in costs was due to increase in the workforce for sales, marketing, and research and development.
There was little change in the share price of Facebook, as it was trading at $180.06 on Tuesday.