Alex Chrum can easily recite the most common sexist, racist and homophobic slurs. She’s privy to some of the most hateful language you’ve ever heard. And for about a year, she read it over and over again, every single day.
Chrum, 25, became fluent in such viciousness thanks to her job moderating online commentary and trolling. As a content specialist for Debate.org, a site that invites users to discuss controversial topics, Chrum had to wade into the dark, sometimes poisonous muck of Internet comments. Each day, she sifted through 50 to 200 questionable posts, trying to decide what to publish and what to let rot.
“It was honestly the most emotionally exhausting thing I’ve ever done here at [work],” Chrum told Mashable.
When Your Job Is to Moderate the Internet’s Nastiest Trolls
October 1, 2014