Last year, I mentioned that I was one of about 350 people tapped to participate in Facebook Community Council, an experiment in crowdsourced content moderation. We'd slog through profiles and sites tagged as inappropriate by other users (tags included nudity, attacking, drugs, and violence). And there were plenty of each, especially the first two. A million tags later, we got the following notice (verbatim):
Thank you for participating in the Facebook Community Council.We will be shutting down starting this week, and will let you knowwhen we start another experiment.
Despite my fifth-place showing, I was not awarded a prize. I suspect they now have image and text recognition algorithms that make mere humans ineffective except in the more subtle forms of abuse. Over time, we saw a lot less penis and puke pics and "___ sucks" Facebook groups, and a lot more subtle trolling of middle and high school students and teachers. It was certainly interesting to see what garden-variety low-level trolling looks like these days. There were a lot of similarities to Wikipedia vandalism: a lot of one-off drive-by crap, with a few people fixated on gaming the system in ever more subtle ways.
On Thursday May 26, Red Nose Day will return for the second year. It’s all about giving to children to fight hunger, sickness, and homelessness. In the video above, the most famous magician in the world, David Copperfield, has his own magical way of asking you to get involved. There’s going to be a two-hour TV show on […]
Facebook gets a bad rap, but where I live, it has brought neighbors together, and it started because of the things I didn’t want to share.
When the Congressional Science committee wants to talk about the cold weather, and when NASA has to defend their budget by explaining why NASA is important, it can make people who believe in facts… a bit tense.
Cheap massage chairs are a common Christmas gift, but we’re willing to bet they don’t get a lot of actual use from the people who could really use a massage. We’re talking about people with deep, chronic joint pain or anyone who does a serious workout on a regular basis. For that kind of soreness, […]
The bummers of adulthood are too many to count, but one of our least favorites is the inability to sit down and enjoy a nice bowl of cereal. When you’ve got a long commute ahead, let’s face it: That extra time it takes to pour the milk and chow down is too precious to spare. […]
Who are these people that have time for a job, social life, and actual healthy meals? With a nutrition segment on seemingly every talk show and entire networks devoted to food, it can sometimes seem like we’ve never left our mother’s house and her constant admonitions to “eat your vegetables!” And okay, she was right. […]