A former employee who used to filter out offensive content on Facebook has leaked the website’s secret rulebook, which gives astonishingly detailed instructions that include blocking mild nudity but allowing images of death and disfigurement, as well as racially charged comments.
An aggrieved Moroccan worker who was paid a mere $1 an hour by oDesk – a third-party content-moderation firm used by Facebook – revealed it tells staff to delete all forms of sexual activity, even simulated activity where there was nothing explicit on show.
Yet deep wounds, excessive blood and ‘crushed heads, limbs etc’ are allowed – ‘as long as no insides are showing’.
The rules: An astonishingly detailed cheat sheet of what Facebook thinks is graphic content is handed to employees of content moderation firm oDesk. Disgruntled employee Amine Derkaoui leaked the document to Gawker.com
The staff working for oDesk are further instructed that Facebook will not condone ‘slurs or racial comments of any kind’, and that any such comments should be deleted as soon as possible. However, they should be allowed to stay online if the comments are made in a humourous or ironic way.
Moroccan-born Amine Derkaoui, 21, left oDesk and is clearly still very mad at his former employers and Facebook. He began training with oDesk as a moderator but missed a crucial test because of Ramadan and eventually left to become a content manager for a New York-based tech company.
In an interview with U.S. gossip website Gawker.com, Mr Derkaoui said: ‘It’s humiliating. They are just exploiting the third world.’
It didn’t make Mr Derkaoui feel any better that Facebook just recently posted a staggering $100 billion initial public offering (IPO).
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