Unpaid and abused: Moderators speak out against Reddit

This article was produced in partnership with Point, a YouTube channel for investigative journalism. It discusses topics that you may find upsetting and contains strong language and racial slurs. Somewhere out there, a man wants to rape Emily. She knows this because he was painfully clear in typing out his threat. In fact, he’s just […]

YouTube moderators inadvertently removed right-wing channels

YouTube’s crackdown on conspiracy theories in the wake of the Parkland mass shooting has had some unintended casualties. The streaming video firm has confirmed to Bloomberg that its human moderators inadvertently removed videos and took down channels from right-wing and pro-gun outlets. Newcomers to YouTube’s moderation team can “misapply” its policies, a spokesperson said, which […]

Content moderators for tech giants like Facebook and YouTube reveal what it’s like to sift through some of the most disturbing material on the internet

Adam Berry/Getty Images People who are hired to sift through online postings that have been flagged on platforms like Facebook and YouTube say the job takes a tremendous psychological toll. The moderators are frequently tasked with watching disturbing video and images of child sexual abuse, violence, animal cruelty, and more. One former moderator described the […]

Facebook moderators were reportedly not prepared to catch Russian ads

Facebook’s admission that Russian-linked advertisers spent $ 100,000 on ads leading up to and after the 2016 presidential election has led to serious questions about their effects. But how did they make it through the social network’s filters? Four anonymous advertisement monitors explained to The Verge that, as contractors handling hundreds to thousands of ad […]