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Abuse Standards Violations (2016)

Wall-mounted insulation panels printed with corporate moderation guidelines that were leaked to us in the course of our investigations on internet content moderators.

 

 

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UV print on plexiglass, various insulation materials, spacers, screws
100 x 100 x 14 cm

 

We don’t know which company produced these guidelines, because they want to remain anonymous, so even the moderators don’t know who they’re working for — one of them told me, “I’m pretty sure I work for Google.”

 

 

 

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UV print on plexiglass, various insulation materials, spacers, screws
100 x 100 x 13 cm

 

 

 

We think at these guidelines as “filters”: they let something through while blocking something else. But at the same time they are invisible, like insulation materials: they surround you, in a sense they protect you, and yet you usually don’t see them, they’re hidden inside a wall or a roof.

 

 

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UV print on plexiglass, various insulation materials, spacers, screws
150 x 100 x 8 cm

 

 

If you were to photograph the works, and upload them on social media, they’d likely be removed for violating the guidelines, by moderators following these very guidelines, so the guidelines would turn against themselves, they’d self-censor.