The Verge: Bodies in Seats . “In May, I traveled to Florida to meet with these Facebook contractors. This article is based on interviews with 12 current and former moderators and managers at the Tampa site. In most cases, I agreed to use pseudonyms to protect the employees from potential retaliation from Facebook and Cognizant. But for the first time, three former moderators for Facebook in North America agreed to break their nondisclosure agreements and discuss working conditions at the site on the record.” I want you to read this article. At the same time I don’t want you to read this article because just reading it made me nauseated.
Tubefilter: Twitch Suing 100 Users Who Spammed ‘Artifact’ Game Category With Pornographic And Violent Content. “Twitch is suing 100 people for flooding its site with pornography, gore, and graphic imagery, including livestreams of the Christchurch massacre footage. There’s only one problem: the Amazon-owned platform has no idea who these 100 people are.”
South China Morning Post: Chinese programmer shuts down AI project to detect women in porn videos after backlash. “A Chinese programmer has apologised and shut down an artificial intelligence project that used facial recognition technology to detect whether women had appeared in porn videos, after it set off a storm of criticism.”
Tubefilter: Snapchat Bans Adult Entertainment Company’s X-Rated Lenses. “Despite its long-running reputation as a handy app to send private photos that self-destruct, Snapchat doesn’t want your nudes. Or, at least, it doesn’t want nudes from adult entertainment company Naughty America, which recently rolled out a series of X-rated augmented reality Snapchat lenses to promote its products.”
BBC News: Social media: Senior police officer calls for boycott over abuse images. “A boycott of social media sites could force firms to take action to safeguard children, a senior police officer says. Chief Constable Simon Bailey said the companies were able to ‘eradicate’ indecent imagery on their platforms.”
BuzzFeed News: Pornhub Is “Extremely Interested” In Acquiring Tumblr. “Pornhub Vice President Corey Price said in an email to BuzzFeed News that the porn-streaming giant is extremely interested in buying Tumblr, the once uniquely horny hub for young women and queer people that banned adult content last December to the disappointment of many of its users. Price said that restoring Tumblr’s NSFW edge would be central to their acquisition of it, were it to actually happen.”
Quartz: Instagram will demote “inappropriate content”—and self-expression along the way. “Instagram and its parent company Facebook are constantly waging a complex battle with bad content on their platforms. But the latest chapter of that fight involves them stepping onto the slippery slope to censorship, worrying artists, people with disabilities, consensual sex workers, and those who are in various ways body- and sex-positive.”