Roberts’s research confirms what scholars such as Tarleton Gillespie had suggested – that far from being a way for social media platforms to demonstrate their sense of social responsibility, content moderation is actually the critical part of their operations, for without it their brands would be irreparably damaged by what unsuspecting users would find in their feeds... A key question, which Roberts doesn’t really explore, is whether the moderation task is ultimately a futile, one, given the scale at which the platforms operate. Something like 400 hours of video are uploaded to YouTube every minute, for example... For us, one of the most striking messages of this remarkable book is that governments and regulators should be investigating the appalling working conditions under which much content moderation is done.
Dopeworld: Adventures in Drug Lands
"To its credit, Dopeworld is nothing if not ambitious. Vorobyov states as much himself, describing it bombastically as ‘true crime, gonzo, social, historical memoir meets fucked up travel book’. That is a lot to cram in. If sometimes he drops the ball (the..."
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