The old story continues (see related posts), but from a different perspective – some news from the inside.
After a few weeks of training, Amine Derkaoui, a 21-year guy from Morocco, worked as a content moderator for $1 an hour. His job was to view a stream of reported pictures, videos and post and either confirm deletion, unconfirm or escalate to a Facebook employee.
If in doubt – consult the one page cheat-sheet (attached). The full document is included below. Some interesting bullet points. The following is a definite no-no:
- Blatant (obvious) depiction of camel toes and moose knuckles.
- Mothers breastfeeding without clothes on.
- Sex toys or other objects, but only in the context of sexual activity.
- Depicting sexual fetishes in any form.
- ANY photoshopped images of people, whether negative, positive or neutral.
- Images of drunk and unconscious people , or sleeping people with things drawn on their face.
- Any obvious sexual activity, even if naked parts are hidden from view by hands, clothes or other objects. Cartoons/art included. Foreplay allowed (kissing, groping, etc), even for the same sex (man-man/woman-woman).
- Violent speech (Example: “I love hearing skulls crack.”).
But! Here comes another interesting part:
“Crushed heads, limbs etc are OK as long as no insides are showing. Deep flesh wounds are ok to show; excessive blood is ok to show.”
No, no way! Please let me out! (Ermmm… Oh… They threw me out three times already… ) Not my cup of tea. Neither was Derkaoui’s. He was one of the moderators who silently quitted because of ridiculous money ($1 an hour? And $100 billion IPO?) Another moderator lasted three weeks because of a the endless torrent of violence he had to clean up.
See the full article on Gawker: Inside Facebook’s Outsourced Anti-Porn and Gore Brigade, Where ‘Camel Toes’ are More Offensive Than ‘Crushed Heads’