Delete, ignore, delete: What YOU see on Facebook and other social media is determined by split-second decisions made by secret workers in the developing world who plow through 25,000 images a day - from nudity to beheadings and child rape
18 November 2018
'A fresh-faced resident of the Manila slums who supports his mother and family. A devout Catholic committed to stopping the spread of sin. A young woman whose mother warned that dedicated study was the only way to avoid becoming a trash scavenger. A father determined not to let what he sees online affect his outlook on life.
A man who killed himself because he let it affect him too much.
These are the ‘cleaners,’ the low-wage workers tasked with policing the images and content that everyone can view on social media. They work under the radar, wading through 25,000 images a day, taking mere seconds to decide what is and isn’t appropriate for platforms such as Facebook, YouTube and Twitter. Only three errors are permitted per month, and the content they view can include anything from beheadings and assaults to political cartoons. They are generally trained for just three to five days and bring to the job their own experiences and belief systems –subsequently influencing the lives and opinions of billions worldwide.
The existence and impact of these workers – most of whom are based in the Philippines – are investigated in new documentary The Cleaners, which is hoping for an Oscar nod. The film offers a dark and alarming look into the underbelly of the Internet – and it wasn’t easy to make, directors Hans Block and Moritz Riesewieck tell DailyMail.com.'
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