Labor & Economic News Blog
Thursday, October 23, 2014
The Laborers Who Keep Dick Pics and Beheadings Out of Your Facebook FeedThe Laborers Who Keep Dick Pics and Beheadings Out of Your Facebook Feed
So companies like Facebook and Twitter rely on an army of workers employed to soak up the worst of humanity in order to protect the rest of us. And there are legions of them—a vast, invisible pool of human labor. Hemanshu Nigam, the former chief security officer of MySpace who now runs online safety consultancy SSP Blue, estimates that the number of content moderators scrubbing the world’s social media sites, mobile apps, and cloud storage services runs to “well over 100,000”—that is, about twice the total head count of Google and nearly 14 times that of Facebook.
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