The US tech giants are building the most sophisticated censorship regime the world has ever seen, involving tens of thousands of manual reviewers and the brightest minds in AI
Youtube removed 58 million videos last quarter (how many false positives?). What organization has ever had the capacity to comb through hundreds of millions of videos? It is unprecedented
Youtube has about 10,000 moderators on payroll, and Facebook has 7,500. I don't have a hard time imagining that eventually most of their employees will be hired for content removal
By headcount, social media companies' primary product will be censorship, with smaller tech and sales arms attached.
Personally, I'm leaving Silicon Valley soon. When I came here in 2010, I had the feeling that it shared my values more than anywhere else in the world - free speech, meritocracy, objectivity, and the ambition to do hard things. Now it feels hostile
Every company with a “Trust and safety” team is evil. That’s the most Orwellian name I’ve heard since The Department of Homeland Security