Film screening The Cleaners

The Cleaners © gebrueder beetz filmproduktion
Germany, Brazil, 88 Min., 2017, Age rating: 16 years
Directors: Hans Block,
Moritz Riesewieck

Documentary about the work of so-called “Content Moderators”; people who monitor the content of networks like Facebook, YouTube and Twitter, removing offensive texts, videos or pictures where appropriate. This task has developed into an industry of its own with its headquarters in Manila. In ten-hour shifts, tens of thousands of people spend their working day searching for and deleting “forbidden” content such as : excessive violence, pornography and anti-constitutional content. The selection criteria and standards of these mostly U.S. American companies are, however, kept secret. The movie portrays five such moderators who, in their quest to protect website users, are fully exposed to the distressing content themselves. There is no prior training for the job and no psychological counseling worthy of mention. At the same time, the film aims to show how rapidly false news and hatred gain influence and stir people up when disseminated on social networks. (filmportal)

A documentary as exciting as a thriller and as scary as a horror movie. (Antje Wessels)
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German Film Week 2019