Google goes to great lengths to protect all of us from inappropriate content on the web. I don’t know about all of you, but I am grateful that I don’t have to hold my breath when making a search on Google or YouTube for fear that I might come across something that will give me nightmares forever. Believe it or not, there is highly inappropriate content being spread across the web at all times including child pornography, fetishes, and intense violence or death. Why these things exist is beyond me, but I’m glad I don’t have to see it.
In order to make sure that we don’t accidentally stumble across these things, Google hires contractors to monitor the web content. Hooray. The bummer about this is that even though these contractors are doing a job that no one wants, Google refuses to hire them on as full-time employees and fails to provide them with the benefits needed to help support them when they are faced with psychological issues stemming from this position.
I found this interview with one former Google contractor interesting because even in this day and age, there is still a job for everything. There are glamorous jobs that everyone wants, but there are also jobs that no one wants, but still have to get done and it is these people that are constantly overlooked. To all of you, thank you for keeping us safe and thank you for shielding us from the dark side of human nature that exists.