A list of categories, scrawled on a whiteboard, reminds the workers of what they're hunting for: pornography, gore, minors, sexual solicitation, sexual body parts/images, racism.
When Baybayan sees a potential violation, he drills in on it to confirm, then sends it away—erasing it from the user's account and the service altogether—and moves back to the grid.
Ryan Cardeno, a former contractor for Microsoft in the Philippines, told me that he made 0 per month by the end of his three-and-a-half-year tenure with outsourcing firm Sykes.
Last year, Cardeno was offered 2 per month by another firm to moderate content for Facebook, paltry even by industry standards.
Moderators here view a raw feed of Whisper posts in real time.
Shorn from context, the posts read like the collected tics of a Tourette's sufferer.
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Here Are Alternatives You May Not Like Weev, But Your Online Freedom Depends on His Appeal Here in the former elementary school, Baybayan and his coworkers are screening content for Whisper, an LA-based mobile startup—recently valued at 0 million by its VCs—that lets users post photos and share secrets anonymously.
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Whisper practices “active moderation,” an especially labor-intensive process in which every single post is screened in real time; many other companies moderate content only if it's been flagged as objectionable by users, which is known as reactive moderating.
“The type of space we're trying to create with anonymity is one where we're asking users to put themselves out there and feel vulnerable,” he tells me.
I say because I can barely begin to make sense of the image, a baseball-card-sized abstraction of flesh and translucent pink plastic, before he disappears it with a casual flick of his mouse.
Baybayan is part of a massive labor force that handles “content moderation”—the removal of offensive material—for US social-networking sites.