content moderation

Facebook

Content Moderator Sues Facebook, Says Job Gave Her PTSD

In the class action lawsuit, the woman says that thousands of content moderators are subjected to "highly toxic" content as part of the job.
Jason Koebler
Joseph Cox
9.24.18
Facebook

John Oliver Calls Facebook 'a Fetid Swamp of Mistruths and Outright Lies'

Oliver goes long on Facebook's content moderation problems.
Jason Koebler
9.24.18
In Moderation

Facebook Is Reviewing its Policy on White Nationalism After Motherboard Investigation, Civil Rights Backlash

"Facebook ignores centuries of history, legal precedent, and expert scholarship that all establish that white nationalism and white separatism are white supremacy."
Joseph Cox
Jason Koebler
9.20.18
eu

EU Passes Controversial Copyright Law With ‘Link Taxes’

Lawmakers exempted non-commercial and smaller platforms from the directive, but opponents of the law still worry that it will lead to greater censorship on the internet.
Daniel Oberhaus
9.12.18
cat out of the bag

Manafort's Daughter's Lawyers Pressured Twitter to Delete Links to Hacked Text Messages

In July, a freedom of information activist dumped an unredacted cache of text messages allegedly hacked from Manafort's daughter's phone.
Joseph Cox
9.10.18
one job

Journalists Are Not Social Media Platforms’ Unpaid Content Moderators

During a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing on Wednesday, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey admitted how much the platform relies on reports from journalists on to counter offending content on the site.
Jason Koebler
Joseph Cox
9.5.18
Scunthorpe Problem

Life on the Internet Is Hard When Your Last Name is 'Butts'

The “Scunthorpe problem” has never really been solved and for people with "offensive" last names, this can be a real pain in the ass.
Daniel Oberhaus
8.29.18
Facebook

The Impossible Job: Inside Facebook’s Struggle to Moderate Two Billion People

Moderating billions of posts a week in more than a hundred languages has become Facebook’s biggest challenge. Leaked documents and nearly two dozen interviews show how the company hopes to solve it.
Jason Koebler
Joseph Cox
8.23.18
Twitter

Microsoft Demands That Gab Delete Post Calling for 'Eradication of All Jews'

Microsoft has given the alt-right Twitter alternative 48 hours to delete two offending posts before it shuts down the company's cloud server account.
Matthew Gault
8.9.18
Facebook

Facebook Suspends Alex Jones’ Profile

After facing a firestorm over misinformation on its platform, Facebook removed several videos from conspiracy theorist Alex Jones, and suspended his profile, meaning he cannot post any content himself for 30 days.
Joseph Cox
7.27.18
Facebook

Leaked Documents Show Facebook’s ‘Threshold’ for Deleting Pages and Groups

During testimony to lawmakers, Facebook did not provide specifics on the threshold Pages or Groups have to cross before being deleted. Documents obtained by Motherboard layout those limits.
Joseph Cox
7.18.18
Hands Off

Pornhub Is Hosting Illegal Upskirt Videos

Upskirt videos are often illegal in the United States. But that hasn’t stopped porn giant Pornhub from hosting the videos, even when the clips violate Pornhub’s own policies.
Joseph Cox
6.13.18