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    We Spoke With The Wall Street Journal Today, And They Want You To Contact Them About Facebook Arbitrarily Removing Posts That Don’t Violate The Rules

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    The other day the Wall Street Journal published this article about how Facebook’s content moderators are damaged goods from reviewing the offensive content they’ve been hired and paid to review.

    By her second day on the job, Sarah Katz knew how jarring it can be to work as a content moderator for Facebook Inc. FB 1.02% She says she saw anti-Semitic speech, bestiality photos and video of what seemed to be a girl and boy told by an adult off-screen to have sexual contact with each other. Ms. Katz, 27 years old, says she reviewed as many as 8,000 posts a day, with little training on how to handle the distress, though she had to sign a waiver warning her about what she would encounter. Coping mechanisms among content moderators included a dark sense of humor and swiveling around in their chairs to commiserate after a particularly disturbing post.

    Former content moderators recall having to view images of war victims who had been gutted or drowned and child soldiers engaged in killings. One former Facebook moderator reviewed a video of a cat being thrown into a microwave. Workers sometimes quit on their first or second day. Some leave for lunch and never come back. Others remain unsettled by the work—and what they saw as a lack of emotional support or appreciation—long after they quit.

    But once again, they missed the big picture – Facebook comment moderators are not the victim, they are the problem. If they were so horrified by videos of cats being tossed into microwaves then why did they take this down?

    So we reached out to Deepa Seetharaman, the woman who co-authored the WSJ article, to tell her what happened. One of our associates spoke with her on the phone about the issue and she told us to spread the word that anyone else who has been affected by this in the way we have been should reach out to her as well.

    This is her Twitter.

    This is her email: [email protected]

    She’s a really cool chick, she will listen to you, and she is interested in the story.

    Here’s the angle we wanna play – big businesses and famous politicians can have their posts reinstated when content moderators make a “mistake.” But regular people like you and I, along with small business owners, have no recourse.

    Even if you have not had your page shut down, and just want to see our page returned, feel free to write to her as well. Turtleboy isn’t just about us, it’s about the readers too. You have a right to consume the real news we provide. Without our page people are not able to find us and let us know about scandals that are being covered up. The Wall Street Journal is a major media outlet that can help shine the light on our problem. The more people who contact her the more they will realize just how serious this is, and just how many people are being affected by it.

    Oh, and Facebook blatantly lied to her when they said this:

    Facebook decided years ago to rely on contract workers to enforce its policies. Executives considered the work to be relatively low-skilled compared with, say, the work performed by Facebook engineers, who typically hold computer-science degrees and earn six-figure salaries, plus stock options and benefits.

    So according to Facebook, the “Facebook engineers” are NOT the ones who review reported posts, because they’re too expensive. Instead they hire cheap labor that gets triggered by cat videos. This despite the fact that millions of businesses rely upon these comment moderators to protect their businesses from mass reporting.

    But that’s not what Facebook executive Monika Bickert said in March of 2016:

    Bickert told CNNMoney that Facebook prioritizes the review of posts inciting physical harm — but all reports of violations are reviewed by trained Facebook employees.

    Wait a minute, Facebook told the WSJ that, “Facebook decided years ago to rely on contract workers to enforce its policies.” 

    So which is it? Are Facebook trained engineers reviewing the content, or is it cheap labor that quits on the first day?

    Of course the answer is, there is no answer. Facebook just lies and makes it up as they go along. So help us defeat them by contacting our good friend Deepa at the WSJ.

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    Discussion

    1. Scallops Bymail


      Can’t do it any better than that! Of course your adversaries will manage to tell Ms. Seetharaman that TB is this, TB is that, and an assortment of other things. But there are two sides to every story, and by jeez, she can read this one about her, and hopefully be able to see the TB truth thru all the smoke.

    2. Todays Poll


      Which frivolous lawsuit will likely pay out first?

      Kevin Lynch v.s. Turtleboy Sports………….Thumbs Up

      Turtleboy Sports v.s. Facebook……………..Thumbs down

      Or Neither, they are both going nowhere!

      1. Kevin Lynch's Buttplug


        I can’t breathe

    3. Johnny Rocket


      When I read the first quote, my thought was they would not use engineers to review content but it could be their employee still, just not an degreed engineer vs an outside private contractor. More control When they are in house.

      I was sickened by some of the vile things these poor folks have to see. What have we created ?

    4. juror seven esq.


      A story that goes no where. It is a real stretch to compare what the WSJ covered in regards to some of the sick junk that reviewers are exposed to.
      I don’t disagree that TBS has been “porked” by some of the action that face book took, but when SJW’s gang up on you…
      I have no use for face book, so I get by enjoying what comes from your blogs.

    5. gqqser2


      Email sent.

    6. TB is a joke


      I’m confused – I thought *no one* worked at FaceBook?!? Has TBS been lying to us all this time *shock*!! Love how this site just kinda glosses over the fact that WSJ completely obliterated your entire argument & showed what a lying sack of shit you really are…

      1. "TB is a joke" got caught selling food stamps


        Your obvious outrage at Turtleboy’s imminent victory is even more delicious than the tears of outed rachets.

      2. Burt Hurtensteiner


        I thought the same thing… The article seems to argue against TBS’s argument that robots moderate posts and pages.

        Also, I imagine some anti-TBS folks will contact the WSJ too.

        Will the WSJ publish an article featuring TBS? Find out next year on, well, WSJ

        1. why


          WHY are you still reading, and commenting on, the blog

          do you just want to be THAT guy?

          the Simpsons Nelson character?

          1. E Boyler (aka Mary)


            Please!! Someone pay attention to me!!!

            1. wow, commenter


              ??

            2. E Boyler is Easily Confused


              Giving yourself a thumbs up is a sign of mental illness (or puberty).

      3. The Rant Queen


        Uhh because FB is incapable of lying through their cheap teeth, right? Only TBS is capable of lying? You’re a fucking idiot. FB literally gave 2 different answers in two different settings. Or, do you lack reading comprehension when it doesnt fit your narrative? Yeah Ima go with that one. You ppl reach so fucking hard, that you’ll knowingly ignore the evidence when it doesnt fit into your little fantasy world. You’re hypocrites, liars, two faces and wont last in the real world, without someone catering to you. I can see why TBS would be a threat to scumbags who leech off the system and deliberately harm innocent, hard working, TAX PAYING ppl- it’s the only way they can survive after mommy and daddy kick you out, or die. Maybe if they were better parents, you wouldnt have grown up coddling mentally deranged, entitled, hateful slobs, who steal and rip off ppl who actually earned their money. Smh.

        1. TB is a joke


          You need to relax sweetie… first off, no one – and I mean no one – can tell me what I can and can’t read. Do you understand how the Internet works? If I want to read and comment here I can – just because it’s something you don’t like, you can’t turn this into your ‘commenting safe space’ you special snowflake you.

          “Oh look, someone doesn’t 100% agree with TBS! Leave me alone! Boo hoo!!” – you are literally as bad as the people frequently blogged about around here.

          This may come as a shock, but many of us critics lament the loss of TBS as an actual agent of change around Central Mass. 2 years ago elected officials were actually scared of TBS. There was real fear that many of the corrupt BS that has gone on around here for years was finally going to be exposed.

          Fast forward 2 years and TBS is a running joke. Politicians openly laugh at the ‘TurtleBoy Ticket’ now. TBS was a month late on the sh*t at North HS, and just ripped off a Telegram article – then claimed “No one cares about North HS” – well the tax payers of Worcester do. There’s a shocker. But TBS sold themselves out to exposing ratchets for the entertainment of the mentally deficient like you – you realize every f*cking story on TBS for the past 2 years is basically the same, right?

          This place has become a joke and many of us bemoan that – and YOU are the problem. What a shame…

          1. wow, commenter


            I wrote that to butthurt but okay

          2. wow, commenter


            ps tl;dr

            please take your empassioned diatribes to conspiracy theory forums, they would be much more appreciated there

          3. E Boyler's Mangina is Sandy


            Settle down, Old Balls. Just cuz you got your internet privileges back doesn’t mean anyone cares what you think. You and the rest of the simpletons trolling here lately can just stay under that rock like good useful idiots while the adults talk.

            1. wtf


              who the fuck is E Mary

              ps i always give myself a thumbs up because i find people follow suit with the likes

          4. ugh


            STFU with ‘sweetie,’ people.

    7. Diane Darling


      Keep fighting the good fight.

    8. Rick


      I tweeted her. My wife retired from WSJ’s Boston Office. Gave her an attaboy.(girl?). TB is doing God’s work.

      1. wow, commenter


        NICE!!!

    9. johnnyb


      It’s delightful to see the so many negative comments lately on the TBS articles. Welcome to the party You degenerate, low life, drug addled, life sucking, previous or soon to be TBS Famous pimples on the ass of society!! Greetings!!

    10. pro trump


      she looks like a terrorist beware

      1. stfu


        Jesus Cristo, you need to go away you nazi

        She is gorgeous

    11. Sweet Justice


      You got a little storyline here. It’s no ‘Spotlight’ plot, but butting heads with Facebook just might make the 6 O’Clock News.

    12. Bdnsnsn


      Wait…..did TB really think FB was paying cs majors and engineers 150000 dollars a year to review content?

      I man does that make sense to anybody?

      1. AT&T


        Well of course FB pays Americans top dollar to work customer service and review content. Outsourcing is over rated!

    13. Penny Periwinkle


      I for one can’t wait until TBS destroys Facebook, then Twitter.

      TBS do you think you can do me a favor and get Amazon shut down too? I swear to God one of my packages arrived late and basically ruined Christmas for me.

      They don’t know the power of TBS and the TBS riders!

    14. DJ Trump


      Do you want a slurpie?
      …lol

      1. huhuhuhuhuhuh


        go away hillbilly Beavis

    15. Grown Ups


      How to act when Facebook suspends your account.

    16. White Pride White Power


      Emailed. Also threw in a bit about DiDi… time to sic the mainstream media on her.

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