This hard-hitting, investigative documentary from German directors Hans Block and Moritz Riesewieck uncovers the dark-side of social media and the moderators hired to clean up the internet.
At their very inception, social media networks like Facebook, YouTube and Twitter claimed to be creating a global community unlimited by geographical or economic boundaries. The idea was through greater communication comes greater understanding. But in recent times these social media networks have faced a sinister challenge to that universal communication ideal.
Enter a hidden third world shadow industry of digital cleaning, where the Internet rids itself of what it doesn’t like. Here we meet five ‘digital scavengers’ among thousands of people outsourced from Silicon Valley whose job is to delete inappropriate content from the internet. In a parallel struggle, we meet people around the globe whose lives are dramatically affected by online censorship. A typical ‘cleaner’ must observe and rate thousands of often deeply disturbing images and videos every day, leading to lasting psychological impacts.
Directors Hans Block, Moritz Riesewieck
Writers Hans Block, Moritz Riesewieck
Star Illma Gore
Awards & Nominations
Nominee – Sundance Film Festival – World Cinema Documentary 2018
Winner – International Film Festival and Forum on Human Rights – Creative Documentaries 2018
Winner – It’s All True – International Documentary Film Festival 2018
Winner – Moscow Film Festival – Best Documentary 2018
Nominee – Adelaide Film Festival – Best Documentary 2018