Social media giant Facebook is increasing its crackdown on what it perceives as hateful content. The company is hiring an additional 3,000 content reviewers to monitor the site, according to the New York Post.
“There is absolutely no place on Facebook for hate speech or content that promotes violence or terrorism,” Senior Vice-President for Global Marketing Solutions Carolyn Everson said, announcing the decision.
“As soon as we determine that content has breached our community standards, we remove it. With a community as large as Facebook, however, zero tolerance cannot mean zero occurrence.”
Germany recently passed a new law which would fine social media companies $60 million if they fail to remove hate speech.
Facebook is also overhauling its advertising policy. It will change which companies can advertise on its site and which can make money. The new standards will apply to ads in which content matters.
The new rules and increased vigilance could impact many outlets which discuss Islam in a critical way. They may also see Islamist extremists and those advocating violence against Muslims facing tougher challenges in getting their message out.