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The Cleaners, A Film by Moritz Riesewieck and Hans Block

  • 34 Hillhouse Avenue New Haven, CT, 06511 United States (map)

Explore the shadow industry of "content moderators" hired by Silicon Valley in "The Cleaners," a documentary directed by Moritz Riesewieck and Hans Block. 

Young people in the city of Manila are paid to sift through and remove what they deem to be inappropriate content on the internet, moderating thousands upon thousands of troubling images and videos during the course of a ten-hour shift. In a parallel struggle, the directors met people around the globe whose lives are dramatically affected by online censorship. 

Evolving from a shared vision of a global village to a dangerous web of fake news, extremism and radicalization, the film charts the rise and fall of social media's utopian ideology. 

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Hosted by Yale MacMillan Center and the Council on Southeast Asia Studies.