500 new jobs are being created at Facebook in order to further fight offensive content on the platform.
The 500 software engineer jobs will be based in a third office that Facebook plans to open in London’s Soho.
“Many of these new roles will accelerate our artificial intelligence work in London as we continue developing technology to proactively detect and remove malicious content” said Nicola Mendelsohn, Facebook’s Europe, Middle East and Asia vice president at the launch of London Tech Week.
Speaking about London, Mendelsohn says that it “has a very important place to play in the future of artificial intelligence. To realize the full potential of AI, we do need enough people with the right skills, the right understanding, and the training working in this area, and [to] have the right environment for innovation and development.”
The news follows Adam Mosseri, head of Instagram, pledging in February 2019 that his site will ban all graphic self-harm images. Purchased by Facebook in 2012, Instagram made this decision following the death of a 14-year old viewing material linked to anxiety and graphic content.
In March 2019, Facebook removed over 1.5m videos documenting the New Zealand Christchurch attacks as well as more than 100 accounts and pages for “coordinated inauthentic behaviour” according to Facebook head of security Nathaniel Gleicher,