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Sentry

by JoshLabelle profile

2018

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About the Story

Over 4.75 billion posts are shared on <an unnamed major social media network> each day.

Curating this volume of content is no easy task.

While many people assume algorithms do everything now, social media companies actually hire contractors to review flagged content and decide whether to ignore or delete.

That means everything you report gets looked at by a real human being.

Likely a human being from a newly industrialized nation who is paid a couple of US dollars an hour to look at thousands of potentially traumatizing images.

In Sentry, you play as one of these human beings -- a social media content moderator.

How many days can you last before you're fired for filing too many incorrect reports? How many images of exploited children and beheadings can you endure before you can't take it any longer?

For more information on the true stories that inspired this game, listen to the August 17, 2018 episode of Radiolab, "Post No Evil":
https://www.wnycstudios.org/story/post-no-evil

Content Warning: this game contains abstracted images and descriptions depicting a wide range of potentially traumatic subject matter, such as war, animal abuse, and exploitation of children. The game is also explicitly about exploitative labour practices.

Game Details

Language: English (en)
First Publication Date: September 3, 2018
Current Version: Unknown
License: Creative Commons
Development System: Ink
Forgiveness Rating: Merciful
IFID: 2F4E6681-0340-4D79-AD48-471C2A47918A
TUID: nmhq7ok8qtuo8ya4

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