Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg testified in front of members of Congress Tuesday and promised the tech giant would employ more than 20,000 workers to monitor hate speech. 


At the heels of controversy over British consulting firm Cambridge Analytica breaching Facebook user's data, Zuckerberg spoke about privacy issues and regulation.


The 33-year-old also pledged to tackle the issue of objectionable content. "By the end of this year, by the way, we're going to have more than twenty-thousand people working on security and content review," Zuckerberg said.  "So when content gets flagged to us, we have those people look at it, and if it violates our policies, we take it down."

He added that Facebook's AI currently serves as a filter for some hate speech. Though the technology is imperfect, Zuckerberg is optimistic that in "five to ten years" it will be able to more accurately suss out hate speech.


CHATTER

There are some big concerns over how Facebook wants to monitor hate speech on the platform:

Game developer Mark Kern wondered on Twitter how precisely the company will ensure the AI won't adopt political bias as a guide for culling hate speech.

Independent Journal Review's Caleb Hull shared his problem with Zuckerberg's plans: "'Hate speech' is completely subjective and invades free speech."

The Wall Street Journal's Byron Tau weighed in by noting arguing that "odious, hateful and even racist speech is broadly protected by the First Amendment." 

Zuckerberg's announcement could have repercussions for one demographic that's already expressed reservations about how Facebook operates.


TAKEAWAY

Several ​conservative outlets have accused Facebook of de facto censorship. Sites such as Breitbart have published ​stories claiming Facebook is targeting right wing media by surreptitiously decreasing the reach of conservative content on the platform. In addition conservatives have noted that, in many cases, liberal outlets have been unaffected by Facebook's notorious algorithm. Changes to Facebook's algorithm ​have resulted in dramatic drops in engagement and traffic for many publishers.

Over the weekend, social media stars Diamond and Silk blasted the platform. In a ​video message, the prominent Trump supporters said Facebook had deemed their content "unsafe to the community." The duo's message went viral, ironically, on ​Facebook. ManyConservative commenters expressed their support and echoed the sentiment that the company was censoring right-leaning viewpoints.


In response to Facebook's alleged censorship, competing social media platforms such as ​MeWe and ​Gab have directly positioned themselves as "free speech friendly" alternatives. 


But...It's hard to think envision companies like Gab and MeWe as true threats considering Facebook's vast scale. The tech Goliath currently boasts over 1 billion users.