Sarah T. Roberts is an author and co-director of the Center for Critical Internet Inquiry at UCLA.
Technology expert and UCLA professor of information studies Sarah T. Roberts joins Adam to discuss the oversold fantasy of artificial intelligence, the real humans who labor behind the scenes to moderate your social media feeds, and the psychological effects the work takes on them.    This episode is sponsored by Acuity (, KiwiCo (, and Parcast - Natural Disasters (
When an offensive post appears on social media, a user can flag it, block it, or mute it. But thousands upon thousands of violent, racist and explicit posts never make it to your screen, thanks to a hidden industry of moderators combing through the worst of the web. Sarah T. Roberts, co-director of the Center for Critical Internet Inquiry at UCLA, joins host Krys Boyd to talk about the people on the front lines of offensive content — and the emotional toll it takes. Her new book is called “Behind the Screen: Content Moderation in the Shadows of Social Media”(Yale University Press).
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