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|Regie:||Hans Block, Moritz Riesewieck|
|Produktionsland:||Deutschland / Brasilien 2018|
|Laufzeit:||Ca. 88 Min|
|FSK:||12 years and older|
The Internet is part of everyday life for most of us. Millions of people are connected via social networks. That can be a nice and positive thing, but it also holds enormous dangers. Hunting and hate comments are no longer an exception, but are only the tip of the iceberg. There are unbelievably many sick, cruel and also dangerous things, which one can find in the net. It goes without saying that there must be a certain supervisory authority. But what criteria are used to censor or delete comments, photos or videos on various social platforms? Who decides about it and who actually has to look at all these terrible things in order to decide on deletion or whereabouts?
The documentation "The Cleaners" tries to get to the bottom of these and other questions. Facebook in particular will be closely scrutinized. But also YouTube, Google and Co. are part of this very effective documentation, which presents the work of five (former) content moderators from Manila, the world's largest outsourcing location for content moderation. And that's when you experience some very shocking things as a viewer - even if nothing of it should really surprise you. Because the fact that censorship is used, among other things, to influence opinions and to deliberately sow lies, hatred and prejudice is not really a conspiracy theory.
But what influence do social networks really have on our society? To what extent are the users responsible and what role do the powerful bosses of Facebook, Twitter and Co play? Can a tweet really become a political accelerant? And when does a Facebook post become so dangerous that censorship takes hold? Hans Block and Moritz Riesewieck try to illuminate these dark sides of the Internet as objectively as possible. However, they pick up so many themes, theories and facts that they create a somewhat confusing web, in which the filmmakers themselves seem to have become a bit entangled.
Of course, the intention of "The Cleaners" is very good and some aspects are also of immense importance. They would have to be discussed much more and more consistently. But unfortunately, the staging is a bit confusing and overloaded at times, so that the viewer wonders what the filmmakers actually want to get at. A very important documentation with a few weak points and therefore only worth seeing with small restrictions!
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