The Cleaners

The Cleaners

This thriller documentary is a suspenseful and intriguing portrait of Facebook and other social media. The film throws new light on how the large American tech companies are undermining our democratic society. Since the Cambridge Analytica scandal, a topic more urgent than ever.

We all know there are people whose job it is to clean up the internet. After all, we can report digital misconduct to Twitter and Facebook, and every now and then a row erupts when art, news photos or cartoons are removed from social media. But the tech companies prefer to remain vague about who these people are, how many of them there are, and the criteria on which they base their decisions.

Despite all this, two young German filmmakers managed to gain access to Facebook’s best-kept secrets. They traced the young, Christian ‘content moderators’ based in the Philippines who are removing unauthorized images from our social media on a daily basis. It becomes clear how Facebook is currently enacting a modern version of George Orwell’s 1984. Especially in countries where the internet is synonymous with Facebook, the consequences are devastating.

One-time screening in cooperation with as part of ‘The Public Sphere & Polarization lecture series’ by Studium Generale (WUR). Free admission for WUR-card holders. No pause.

Studium Generale (WUR)
The Public Sphere & Polarization

Gegevens

Regie:
Hans Block & Moritz Riesewieck
Jaar:
2018
Land:
Germany/Brasil
Taal:
English
Ondertiteling:
Dutch
Lengte:
88 minuten

English summary

The Cleaners

Language: English | Subs: Dutch

This thriller documentary is a suspenseful and intriguing portrait of Facebook and other social media. The film throws new light on how the large American tech companies are undermining our democratic society. Since the Cambridge Analytica scandal, a topic more urgent than ever.

Two young German filmmakers managed to gain access to Facebook’s best-kept secrets. They traced the young, Christian ‘content moderators’ based in the Philippines who are removing unauthorized images from our social media on a daily basis. It becomes clear how Facebook is currently enacting a modern version of George Orwell’s 1984. Especially in countries where the internet is synonymous with Facebook, the consequences are devastating.

One-time screening in cooperation with as part of ‘The Public Sphere & Polarization lecture series’ by Studium Generale (WUR). Free admission for WUR-card holders. No pause.

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