Saturday, November 28, 2015

Why the dearth of dashcam videos of Toyota SUA incidents on YouTube?

eye screen, you screen, we all screen for "bad" things ...

Haaretz: Censoring the Internet Is No Way to Make a Living

A New York-based artist-couple delves into the murky world of 'content moderators,' the poorly paid workers meant to protect us from horrific Internet images.

[I am presuming that in Toyota's view, moving images of runaway vehicles qualify for this type of corporate-sponsored censorship.]

Here is a fascinating article that sheds light on the dark underbelly of the Internet:

“I do have a common frustration,” the ["content moderator"] worker says. “When I see an image that needs to be tagged because it is really graphic or illegal, I flag it and then move onto the next image or the next task. There is no follow-up. I never know what happens, or if anyone saw that it was flagged, or that anyone took care of it. Maybe I flag the image and they remove it from their data set, so it’s not visible online anymore, but what if there was something illegal in the image....that needed to be reported to the police?
“Does anyone at the company call the police?..... I have no idea. Since the requesters are almost always anonymous, I can’t contact the company to even ask these questions. I click to flag the image, but after that I don’t know if anyone ever cares.”
The [artist couple] Matteses themselves both say they were surprised to discover that many [technology] companies bow to political pressure. “We were absolutely blown away by the scale and extent of censorship online,” Franco said. “Initially, this project started as a survey of content moderation and it emerged from our ongoing fascination with the dark side of humanity. But very quickly the research took a surprising turn when we started to learn about political censorship on the Internet. For example, when Osama bin-Laden was killed, many companies ordered their content moderators to remove any video or content about the assassination from their websites.”
Today, content moderation is an obscure and mysterious process. We don’t know who removed the content, and why. Without transparency, Internet users cannot know what guidelines content moderators follow, and we don’t know what happens to the content once it’s removed. Since these are private companies, they act as if they have no accountability.
Eva: “If we care so much about freedom of speech, we have to redefine and openly debate its limitations and contours. That process should not take place in the shadows.”

...Toyota SUA videos are not there on YouTube--not because the events did not happen, but because they have almost certainly been screened out of online reality by the corporate power that wants to maintain information control.

Where have the videos gone?

Are rich people even aware of the poor people who spend countless hours on the internet defending them?