Apparently an internet content reviewer is someone who spends their day screening the photos and videos that people post on the internet and checking them for inappropriate content. According to a NYT piece yesterday, Policing the Web’s Lurid Precincts can be hazardous to your mental health.
Ricky Bess spends eight hours a day in front of a computer near Orlando, Fla., viewing some of the worst depravities harbored on the Internet. He has seen photographs of graphic gang killings, animal abuse and twisted forms of pornography. One recent sighting was a photo of two teenage boys gleefully pointing guns at another boy, who is crying.
The constant exposure to these horrible images is so psychologically devastating that one company only hires people to do it for one year and an industry group has recommended that Congress provide financial incentives to companies offering services to alleviate the psychological stress.
Sadly, some start the job without any idea of what they’re getting themselves into:
“You have 20-year-old kids who get hired to do content review, and who get excited because they think they are going to see adult porn,” said Hemanshu Nigam, the former chief security officer at MySpace. “They have no idea that some of the despicable and illegal images they will see can haunt them for the rest of their lives.”
I have a list of jobs that I hope my daughters never have to do. This is definitely on it.