has also said it wanted to hire 20,000 people by the end of 2018 to
help review content posted on the site and to work on its security
team. The company’s head count has already risen 47 percent since last
year, to 30,275.
ahead, we will continue to invest heavily in security and privacy
because we have a responsibility to keep people safe,” Mr. Zuckerberg
said on the call.
factors have also hurt Facebook’s number of users, Mr. Zuckerberg
said, including tough European rules that went into effect in May to
protect people’s online data. The legislation, known as the General
Data Protection Regulation, cost Facebook about one million users in
Europe, he said.
shift in Facebook’s business fortunes follows a series of crises that
began in late 2016 with the revelations that it had become a prime
distributor of misinformation. That has since been exacerbated by
questions over the company’s role in securing private
user data, its effect on the
democratic process and its commitment
to stemming disinformation on the site.
Zuckerberg has had to appear in front of lawmakers, has apologized
profusely and has tied
himself into knots explaining what he will and
will not allow to appear on the social network.
these events, several senior leaders have departed Facebook, including
a board director, its chief information security officer, and its vice
president of communications, marketing and public policy. This week,
Colin Stretch, who led Facebook’s investigation into Russian election
interference and who testified before Congress last year on Facebook’s
he would leave the company by the end of the
is now gearing up to face one of its biggest tests to date: ensuring
that no one meddles in the 2018 midterm elections through the social