Casey Newton+ Your Authors @CaseyNewton I write The Interface. Get it by email: | [email protected] | instagram: @crumbler Jun. 30, 2019 1 min read + Your Authors

On this beautiful #Pride Sunday in San Francisco, I'm thinking about an email I got this week from a Facebook moderator in Tampa. They're a queer person of color, and the job is taking its toll on them.

When I open Instagram today, I see a wonderfully diverse group of people celebrating all around the city. And because of the work of this person and their colleagues, I see none of the hate speech that people post on Facebook and Instagram every day.

This person will make less than $30,000 this year. And the job feels to them like a complete dead end.

So happy #Pride to everyone today. But happy Pride especially to the people cleaning up the internet for the rest of us, to the long-term detriment of their own mental health. We owe you a debt.

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