y nieces and nephews eventually had a good freelance career. For many years now, one of their foreign clients trusted them of an outsourced job online - profiles monitoring.
So what they just do is that run this application introduced by their client, and they can see eventually all users who signed up for this dating social networking platform. The task is simple: scan through the photos of the users and see if there are themes or contents that violated the social network platform’s community standards. On this case, should they see raunchy images to the point it is pornographic or sexually explicit, they report it. And at some extent, they can remove the photos or block the users in question.
It was quite envious, they just look at the screen with different photos of random people who uploaded in their profiles, while at the same time do a sideline gig by playing DOTA2 on the other screen, and at the end of the day, they would earn three to four times higher than an ordinary corporate employee. There was a time that the task became so voluminous, even my 76-year-old father is being paid to monitor for four hours a day, and the paycheck is still higher than fastfood chain manager.
So when the news broke out about how Cambridge Analytica “harvested” massive data from Facebook and how it allegedly controlled the voting preferences of Americans that led to the election of President Donald Trump, some people went gaga. But for me, I can’t help but chuckle of their naive reactions.
And since some of us are so enamored with anything foreign, especially the United States, some reports insinuated that the data mining firm might also had a hand in the Philippine elections that also led to the victory of President Rodrigo Dutere.
The media was hysterical about it, telling us that we are not safe when we surf the internet and use our social media accounts. More so, when a report suggested that Facebook and Google look up on our private messages and store them for possible violations of their community standards. That means, they would know who you are, your interests, your addresses and other information about you from your preferences to your lifestyle habits.
This whole scenario is quite amusing, to be frank, because for one, the media portrayed this whole “massive” data breach like it’s the blunder of the century with an alarmist tone that we may not be safe at all from any entities that will expose our right to privacy (because, indeed it is serious).