Today’s needull looks at the history of content moderation on internet. Not all details on content moderation is disclosed by companies. Content moderation is affecting us everyday, deciding what we see and what we don’t. But, we never really think about it. And that is what makes today’s recommendation interesting.
In 2012, for instance, when headlines were lauding social media for its role in catalyzing the Arab Spring, a Syrian protester named Dana Bakdounes posted a picture of herself with a sign advocating for women’s equal rights. In the image Bakdounes is unveiled, wearing a tank top. A Facebook moderator removed the photo and blocked the administrators of an organization she supported, Uprising of Women in the Arab World. Her picture had been reported by conservatives who believed that images of women, heads uncovered and shoulders bare, constituted obscenity. Following public protest, Facebook quickly issued an apology and “worked to rectify the mistake.”