Tech company X says it plans to hire 100 full-time employees to form a new trust and safety office based in Austin, Texas. The recruitment drive is reportedly directed primarily towards counteracting child sexual exploitation (CSE) and has been announced just days ahead of CEO Linda Yaccarino’s appearance before the Senate Judiciary Committee. The upcoming hearing, scheduled for January 31st, will examine X’s approach to CSE moderation.
This will be the first official trust and safety team established by the company since Elon Musk made extensive cutbacks to the department after acquiring the platform, formerly Twitter. An update to a blog post about its CSE moderation approach also mentioned the formation of the new office, though it did not provide details about the team’s specific duties or the office’s planned opening date.
Joe Benarroch, X’s head of business operations, confirmed to Bloomberg that while the team’s primary focus will be on CSE, it will also assist in enforcing other moderation rules, such as those against hate speech. Additionally, a job posting for content moderation roles within X in Austin highlights additional responsibilities, such as investigating spam and fraud issues and providing customer support.
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