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7th March 2012

Quote reblogged from The FJP with 43 notes

Paedophilia, necrophilia, beheadings, suicides, etc. I left [because] I value my sanity.

A Facebook moderator explaining why he quit his job monitoring content on the social network. Via The Daily Telegraph, The dark side of Facebook.

Background: Facebook outsources much of its content moderation around the world. There are privacy concerns, of course, but here’s how it generally works:

Last month, 21-year-old Amine Derkaoui gave an interview to Gawker, an American media outlet. Derkaoui had spent three weeks working in Morocco for oDesk, one of the outsourcing companies used by Facebook. His job, for which he claimed he was paid around $1 an hour, involved moderating photos and posts flagged as unsuitable by other users.

“It must be the worst salary paid by Facebook,” he told The Daily Telegraph this week. “And the job itself was very upsetting – no one likes to see a human cut into pieces every day.”

Derkaoui is not exaggerating. An articulate man, he described images of animal abuse, butchered bodies and videos of fights. Other moderators, mainly young, well-educated people working in Asia, Africa and Central America, have similar stories…

…Of course, not all of the unsuitable material on the site is so graphic. Facebook operates a fascinatingly strict set of guidelines determining what should be deleted. Pictures of naked private parts, drugs (apart from marijuana) and sexual activity (apart from foreplay) are all banned. Male nipples are OK, but naked breastfeeding is not. Photographs of bodily fluids (except semen) are allowed, but not if a human being is also shown. Photoshopped images are fine, but not if they show someone in a negative light.

Once something is reported by a user, the moderator sitting at his computer in Morocco or Mexico has three options: delete it; ignore it; or escalate it, which refers it back to a Facebook employee in California (who will, if necessary, report it to the authorities).

(via futurejournalismproject)

28th February 2012

Photo reblogged from Soup with 3,069 notes

soupsoup:

Coming soon to Tumblr: Crazy Shit I Found On Amazon.com

soupsoup:

Coming soon to Tumblr: Crazy Shit I Found On Amazon.com

19th July 2011

Photo reblogged from kim jong-il looking at things with 389 notes

kimjongillookingatthings:

looking at a rice packet

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kimjongillookingatthings:

looking at a rice packet

Hahaha, I love this blog.

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19th July 2011

Link with 82 notes

Somali President Declares Famine →

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19th July 2011

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News Corp update →

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19th July 2011

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denverpost:

Infographic and Timeline: The Space Shuttle — 30 years, 135 missions, 2 tragedies and 534,800,000 combined miles of travel 
The space shuttle era comes to a close with the landing of Atlantis this week. View this infographic and timeline of the history, interesting facts and stats of the shuttle program:
(inforgraphic by Jeff Neumann, The Denver Post)

denverpost:

Infographic and Timeline: The Space Shuttle 30 years, 135 missions, 2 tragedies and 534,800,000 combined miles of travel

The space shuttle era comes to a close with the landing of Atlantis this week. View this infographic and timeline of the history, interesting facts and stats of the shuttle program:

(inforgraphic by Jeff Neumann, The Denver Post)

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19th July 2011

Link reblogged from USA.gov with 91 notes

USA.gov: What is the Debt Limit? →

usagov:

The federal government can borrow money to pay its bills, just like taking out a loan. The debt limit is the maximum amount that Congress allows the government to borrow, similar to the credit limit on a credit card. The government will exceed the current debt limit of $14.3 trillion dollars on…

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19th July 2011

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brooklynmutt:

WSJ: Here’s an annotated image of the pie attack on Rupert Murdoch, which identifies key figures in the room.
(Click thru for interactive graphics)

brooklynmutt:

WSJ: Here’s an annotated image of the pie attack on Rupert Murdoch, which identifies key figures in the room.

(Click thru for interactive graphics)

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19th July 2011

Link reblogged from National Journal with 149 notes

BREAKING: Obama supports full repeal of the Defense of Marriage Act →

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