Sarah T. Roberts: Documentary Explores Internet’s Hidden Workforce of Content Moderators

Scholar of online content moderation onscreen and served as a consultant on “The Cleaners,” to be shown at UCLA on Nov. 6.

A documentary on the workforce of online content moderators, “The Cleaners,” will be shown at UCLA during a free advanced screening on Nov. 6 at 7:30 p.m. in the James Bridges Theater. Sarah T. Roberts, assistant professor of UCLA’s Department of Information Studies, is featured onscreen and was a consultant on the film, which will premiere nationally on PBS later in late November.

A Q&A with Professor Roberts and filmmakers Hans Block and Moritz Riesewieck will follow the screening. “The Cleaners,” which has been featured at Sundance and at the International Film Festival Rotterdam, will premiere nationwide on PBS in late November and has been qualified for an Academy Award nomination.

In 2017, Roberts convened an unprecedented meeting at UCLA of scholars, journalists, and experts with “All Things in Moderation.” She is regularly quoted and featured in international media, including BBC’s “Newsnight,” The Columbia Journalism Review, Fortune, and The New York Times. In April, Professor Roberts was named a 2018 Carnegie Fellow.

This event is sponsored by the UCLA Graduate School of Education & Information Studies and the UCLA Graduate Students Association, and is a part of the GSA’s “Melnitz Movies” series.

Admission is free, but space is limited. To attend the Nov. 6 screening of “The Cleaners,” and for directions and more information, visit this link.