Facebook's moderators at its Berlin centre have opened up about their jobs and removing content they consider “offensive.”
According to The Local, 650 people work at the Berlin operation and “delete posts which could be considered illegal, or against Facebook’s own rules”. The moderation centre is run by global services company Arvato and contracted out by Facebook.
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The social media giant is obeying a new German law that fines social media companies 50 million Euros if certain content is not removed. This law came into effect because Merkel's government faced a backlash over its response to the refugee crisis.
Facebook has also kowtowed to Pakistan and has assured the country it will remove "anti-Islamic" posts.
“We feel good about what we do. When I can save someone from seeing something through my work, then I find that really good,” a female employee said. She added that if she had kids, she wouldn't want them seeing certain content.
For their part however, Facebook moderators do more than just censor content many would be fine with. They also remove decapitation videos and child pornography.
“I still remember the first beheading video - I turned it off, went outside and wept a little bit,” one employee said. “Now we’re so used to it, that it’s not so horrible anymore.”
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