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  • Voltaire Staff

X to set up content moderation centre in Austin, TX with 100 workers

With its portal awash with celebrity deepfake, including several of singer Taylor Swift, X is all set to establish a content moderation centre in Austin, Texas, with 100 employees to rein in child sexual images and similar content.

The move comes just days ahead of X CEO Linda Yaccarino's scheduled appearance before the Senate Judiciary Committee on January 31 for a deposition related to X's approach to moderating child sexual exploitation content.

The moderation team will be tasked with addressing Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) concerns.

This would be X's first comprehensive trust and safety team since Elon Musk's overhaul shortly after acquiring the platform, then known as Twitter.

"While X is not the platform of choice for children and minors – users between 13-17 account for less than 1% of our US daily users – we have made it more difficult for bad actors to share or engage with CSE material on X, while simultaneously making it simpler for our users to report CSE content," the social media firm said in a statement on January 26.

X Head of Business Operations Joe Benarroch said the team would also contribute to the enforcement of other moderation policies, particularly those targeting hate speech.

A job posting for content moderation roles at X in Austin outlines responsibilities such as investigating issues like "spam and fraud" and providing customer support.

"In 2024, we will continue our strong investment in this critical area and expand our efforts to educate our users about the importance of helping us to combat child sexual exploitation online.

"We are committed to making X a place where freedom of expression and users’ safety are not compromised in the public conversation," the company said.


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