Following Steve Stephens case, Facebook to hire 3,000 workers to review videos of crime

Facebook says it will hire another 3,000 people to review videos of crime and suicides after being criticized for not doing enough to prevent videos — like the killing of Robert Godwin Sr. — from spreading on its service.

That's on top of the 4,500 people Facebook already has for such reviews.

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The announcement comes from CEO Mark Zuckerberg in a blog post Wednesday.

Videos and posts that glorify violence are against Facebook's terms of service. But in most cases, users have to report them to the company for them to be reviewed and possibly removed.

Private investigator and criminal justice expert Dr. Ross Riggs told News 5 the “phenomenon” of offenders documenting violent crimes is nothing new and people should be worried about copycats. 

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“Some think, ‘I can one up him, I can do better than he did, I can make it more theatrical’ or whatever and yes, you can probably guarantee that there will be copy cats out there,” he said.

Three hours after the video was posted, Facebook removed the post and Stephens page. However, multiple versions of the raw, unedited version had not been removed from other Facebook pages days later.

In many cases, context and degree are taken into consideration when it comes to graphic images of events taking place in the real world. In some cases, the content is allowed if they are condemning it or raising awareness. Facebook may place a warning screen in the front of the content or limit the visibility to adults only. 

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