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We Had to Remove This Post

by Hanna Bervoets

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We Had to Remove This Post by Hanna Bervoets
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    May 2022, 144 pages

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A surprising, unsettling glimpse into the work of social media content moderators and its psychological toll, propelled by the question asked on the first page: "What's the worst thing you ever saw?"

It's not about money. Kayleigh, the protagonist and narrator of We Had to Remove This Post, a newly translated novel from acclaimed Dutch author Hanna Bervoets, is saddled with credit card debt, working overtime and holidays at her museum job. Still, she keeps turning down offers from a lawyer, Mr. Stitic, who wants her to join his class action lawsuit against the social media company for which she used to work. As a content moderator, Kayleigh spent her workdays watching and assessing flagged material that featured violence and death, hate crimes, abuse, sexual content, etc.; now her former coworkers have PTSD, which doesn't surprise her. Technically, Kayleigh was a contract worker and worked for third-party company Hexa; the tech company that owns the site is never named, but it doesn't really matter, plus we can guess. Bervoets includes a list of selected sources from her research in ...

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