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Facebook moderators are becoming ‘addicted’ to extremist and fringe content as they work to rid platform of child porn, violence and more, report claims

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Daily Mail
September 18, 2019

Combating the scourge of extreme content on Facebook is taking a heavy psychological toll on some of the company’s third-party moderators, says a new report.  

According to Berlin-based contractors interviewed by The Guardian, constant exposure to the platform’s underbelly has caused moderators to become ‘addicted’ to graphic content, leading some to accumulate troves of objectionable media for their own personal archives.

In some cases, sources say the work has even influenced moderators’ political and social views, driven primarily by the frequent consumption of fake news and hate speech that floods the platform.

Often times sources in the report say their work also involved poring over Facebook’s private messaging app, in an attempt to prevent acts of sexual abuse against children — an algorithm employed by Facebook flags conversations that it thinks may involve sexual exploitation.

‘You understand something more about this sort of dystopic society we are building every day,’ said one moderator quoted by The Guardian who asked to remain anonymous after signing a non-disclosure agreement.

‘We have rich white men from, from the US, writing to children from the Philippines … they try to get sexual photos in exchange for $10 or $20.’

Contractors also complained of the sheer volume of content that they were tasked with reviewing.

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This article was posted: Wednesday, September 18, 2019 at 4:00 am





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