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At Facebook, Humans Are Suddenly Stealing Jobs From Machines

At Facebook, Humans Are Suddenly Stealing Jobs From Machines
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By    |   Saturday, 11 November 2017 06:12 PM

Humans, fear not: machines have lost their jobs to thousands of new-hires at Facebook.

In May, the company went on a hiring spree, Quartz reported, hiring 3,000 people to curtail violence, hate speech and child exploitation on the social media platform as the company faced criticism that users were live-streaming acts of violence.

The company also added 1,000 more to focus on advertisements — and 250 people to work specifically on election interference — after as it was disclosed Russian operatives reached 126 million users with propaganda during the 2016 election.

In May 2016, Facebook had 15-18 people moderating content that went into its trending news feed — and canned them all after allegations surfaced they were suppressing conservative news and views, Quartz noted.

But, Quartz wrote, “algorithms failed worldwide to surface news, instead promoting content inconsistent with the platform’s terms of service, like a man performing sexual acts on a chicken sandwich.”

Forbes noted Facebook’s new employees may only be temporary, and that it’s still possible in the future that algorithms will wind up doing all the work.

“But hiring 1,000 people to judge advertisement is an example of algorithms unable to even judge things that humans are creating, let alone do the creating themselves,” Forbes writer Adam Ozimek wrote.

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