Facebook, Inc. (NASDAQ: FB) announced that they plan to hire 1,000 more employees to review ads and make sure that the company meets their terms in a plan to prevent Russia and other countries from using Facebook’s network to interfere in elections.
Last month, people in Russia supposedly purchased about 3,000 politically diverse ads on the network in the U.S. in the months prior and after the November U.S. presidential election. As a result, U.S. authorities has raised many questions and calls for increased U.S. regulation for the website and Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg has been outlining steps that the company plans to take to prevent governments from abusing the network.
More than 1,000 employees are to be hired over the next year to invest more in software to hunt down ads, which adds onto their 17,048 employees already with 3,000 more people to be hired over the following year to increase the removal of videos showing violent actions that shocked users.
Facebook is aiming to adjust their policies as well as implementing a rule that would require more thorough documentation from people who would want to run ads about U.S. federal elections. Businesses or organizations would have to be confirmed.