The company also announced that it will invest USD 7.5 million in a research partnership with universities that would study ways to improve the existing image and video analysis technology.

The new hires come at a time when CEO Mark Zuckerberg is working to more closely integrate Facebook's suite of apps, including Messenger and WhatsApp, video news network Cheddar reported on Friday.

The social networking service takes several factors into consideration before designating an individual as "dangerous".

State's attorney general Letitia James on Thursday (local time) wrote on her official Twitter handle, "BREAKING: We're launching an investigation into Facebook's unauthorised collection of 1.5M of their users' email contact databases. Facebook has repeatedly demonstrated a lack of respect for consumer information while at the same time profiting from mining that data."

The hike in security expenditure for its leaders is owing to Facebook facing the heat for growing cases of election interference and data misuse on its platform.

Ahead of general elections, the government had warned social media platforms of strong action if any attempt was made to influence the country's electoral process through undesirable means.

Facebook and Instagram on Wednesday suffered a major global outage. Users were unable to access the two platforms on their smartphones as well as on desktop. Messenger was also down for several users.

Businessman Robert Vadra on Monday posted an emotional message for his wife Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, who made her debut in politics with a road show in Lucknow.

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