Internet photo site helps MySpace thwart porn
Tuesday, May 16, 2006
By Julia Angwin, The Wall Street Journal
DENVER — Working quickly, Photobucket.com employee Jeff Gers can look at nearly 150,000 images on his computer screen during an eight-hour shift, or about 300 a minute. His job is to find and destroy anything that might cause offense, a task that’s getting harder all the time.
Every day, nearly four million new images pour into Photobucket, a Web service that allows people to store images and videos online, share them with friends and display them on other Web sites. He’s come across pornographic snowmen, camera-phone snapshots of young
people’s anatomy and, quite frequently, an animated cartoon of a girl lifting her shirt.