Facebook Inc. said it will double its safety and security staff to 20,000, including contract workers, by the end of 2018.
The company made the commitment in testimony before U.S. senators, who were questioning the social-media giant — along with Twitter Inc. and Alphabet Inc.’s Google — about Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election and the role of online platforms. Colin Stretch, the top Facebook lawyer, explained that the new hires would help track behavior of extremists on its sites. The company had just over 20,000 total employees at the end of June.
Facebook denies eavesdropping on conversations to target ads, again
Facebook has again denied eavesdropping on conversations to target adverts, following persistent speculation on the part of users who have received suspiciously timed promotional messages.
Rob Goldman, the head of advertising at the social network, issued the denial in response to a question from the host of tech podcast Reply All. “I run ads product at Facebook. We don’t – and have never – used your microphone for ads. Just not true,” Goldman tweeted. He later added that the denial holds true for Facebook’s other social network, Instagram, as well.