Facebook passes important notice on ‘harmful’ content

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Following up on the news that Facebook is hiring 1,000 more people in London, Steve Hatch, its vice-president for northern Europe, has been talking to the BBC’s Today programme.

Mr Hatch confirmed that nearly half of those jobs would be dedicated to developing technology that detects and removes harmful content. But does this go far enough?

He said: “If we look at the areas where we we’ve been focused for the longest time, such as terrorist content, more than 99% of terrorist content is taken down proactively by us. We want to make sure that that’s the same for other types of harmful content we see on the site, but there’s always more to do.

“Our aspiration is for us to remove every single piece of harmful content.”

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