The content moderator is a group of people who are on the front lines of the never-ending battle to keep the Internet safe. How is their life? What are they facing?
“I, Web Cleaner.” is a multimedia work. Try to guide the audience to walk into the content moderator’s world from the first-person perspective and experience the different situations content moderators face in each stage of the job.
The work mainly contains two opposite sides: “Company” and “Content moderator.” Through the data collected from interviews/ video/ reports/ company information, “I, Web Cleaner.” create and assemble images, video, narrative and factual text to generate a carefully constructed soundscape that combines monologue, music, noises, and other audio elements to create a more three-dimensional content moderator’s user portrait.
Our group invited Ms. Wang, who once worked as a content moderator in the company, to conduct an exclusive interview. Please refer to the link for the interview content.
Wu worked TikTok for one and a half years. She spent four months directly moderating the videos, and the rest of the time training new employees. She has a deep understanding of the whole TikTok moderation system.
Q: What does this job do? What is the process and form of daily work?
Q：What aspects of the video will you focus on?
Q: Will there be artificial intelligence to assist in moderation?
Q：What are the rules of moderation?
Q: Have you ever seen anything uncomfortable in your work? How did you deal with it?
Q: So often watching these videos will have an impact on your psychology?
In the course of writing the text for “I, Web Cleaner.” numerous sources both in print form, and on the Internet, were consulted and used. These included books, academic articles, newspaper articles, blogs, legal documents and the websites of organisations. The most relevant sources are cited below.
Policing The Web's Darkest Corners: The Internet's Dirtiest Secret
Philippine workers are on the front lines of the battle to keep the Internet safe, but at what cost?
'It's the worst job and no-one cares' - BBC Stories
Inside the traumatic life of a Facebook moderator
Google and YouTube moderators speak out
Three months in hell：What I learned from three months of Content Moderation for Facebook in Berlin
BODIES IN SEATS：At Facebook’s worst-performing content moderation site in North America, one contractor has died, and others say they fear for their lives
THE TERROR QUEUE：These moderators help keep Google and YouTube free of violent extremism — and now some of them have PTSD
The Laborers Who Keep Dick Pics and Beheadings Out of Your Facebook Feed：Inside the soul-crushing world of content moderation, where low-wage laborers soak up the worst of humanity, and keep it off your Facebook feed.
Content moderators at YouTube, Facebook and Twitter see the worst of the web — and suffer silently
Facebook's content moderators are paid incredibly low wages, and reportedly turn to pot and office sex to cope with what they see
Facebook needs 30,000 of its own content moderators, says a new report
Facebook content moderators required to sign PTSD forms
Facebook's internal rulebook on sex, terrorism and violence
Facebook's Content-Moderation Policies Are a Hot Mess
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