Wednesday, August 12, 2020

Techdirt has enormous problems with ad-friendliness censorship


Mike Masnick has a disturbing tale about the problems of Techdirt with Adsense and its own content moderation.

This is apparently a problem for sites dependent on ad income and not using subscription or patronage for funding.

Techdirt thinks that moderating content for suitability for advertisers is almost impossible to scale.

This is similar to problems of demonetizing content on YouTube, where news reporting often shows objectionable or violent behavior, language, or promotion of weapons use or of hateful behavior – but in context it is still “news”.

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