The Cleaners: Startling documentation by Hans Block and Moritz Riesewieck about digital censorship and the people who moderate content on Facebook and co.
Videos of decapitations and murders, pornographic content, political agitation, bullying – flickering through the screens of social network moderators such as Facebook, YouTube, and Co. on a daily basis are among the deepest human abysses. Their job is to detect, filter out and block offensive content on the Internet. The work is psychologically a huge burden. Nevertheless, it is mostly outsourced.
The digital dirty work is now a real shadow industry. The two filmmakers Hans Block and Moritz Riesewieck traveled to Manila to investigate the work of the content moderators. Every day, the moderators are not only confronted with violence and disturbing videos, pictures and texts. They exercise a secret power over what content is played to a broad public. Their work thus touches the foundation of democracy.
Who are the people who moderate the flood of information on social networks, and under what conditions do they work? The documentary by Hans Block and Moritz Riesewieck takes an important look behind the scenes of a steadily growing economy. The documentary “The Cleaners” has already appeared at numerous film festivals and was nominated for the prestigious Sundance Film Festival2018 for the jury’s grand prize.