Content Moderation

Hacking//Hustling’s sex worker, peer-led research team is conducting a landscape analysis of content moderation and changes in online users’ experiences since end of May 2020. You do not have to be a sex worker to take this survey, please skip or check N/A to any questions that do not apply to you.

To read more about content moderation, click here.

To read more about shadowbanning, click here.

Purpose of Study:

The purpose of this study is to collect and analyze information on the experiences of people who use social media to organize, do sex work, and/or advocate for #BLM. The survey will take approximately 20 minutes to complete. This survey will ask questions about experiences using social media and financial technologies. The results of this study will improve our understanding of how sex workers, organizers, and folks who sit at the intersection of these identities are impacted by content moderation.

Study Procedure:

Today you will be asked a series of questions and complete an anonymous online survey. You will be asked questions about your experiences using social media and financial technologies (such as Stripe, Paypal, Venmo, etc…), and how those have impacted your activism and/or community organizing. Please answer the questions to the best of your ability and feel free to skip questions that you do not feel comfortable answering.

Confidentiality:

This is an anonymous survey, which means that your name and information will not be collected on the survey. The survey has been protected using SSL encryption, meaning that to the best of our knowledge a third party will not be able to see your responses as they are transmitted over the Internet.

Given the nature of this document, we want to make you feel secure in sharing information that may be sensitive in certain contexts. We are collecting this information and anonymizing it as much as possible, so that any data or analytics we gather are considered from a holistic point of view and never compromising any individual from the group. 

You may wish to take this survey alone so that others around you cannot see what you are doing. When you have finished the survey, you may want to erase the cache of your web browser to remove evidence of your participation in the study. You can usually do this in the options tab of your web browser or in the history menu.

If you would feel more comfortable further securing your own privacy and anonymity while doing the survey, use the Tor browser. If you want to take extra precautions, consider using a VPN (TunnelBear has a free option).

Here is SurveyMonkey’s Security Statement.

Risks/Benefits:

There are no major risks to participating in this study. You can decide to skip any questions you need to or end the survey at anytime with no penalty to you. 

While there are no direct benefits to you for participating in this study, you will be contributing to a body of research which will be used to gather information on how content moderation impacts sex workers and organizers. This survey may also give you a chance to reflect on your experiences using social media over the last few months. The report created from this survey will be shared with community.

Other information:

You have rights as a research volunteer. Taking this survey is completely voluntary and can be stopped at any time by exiting the browser.

Click here to participate in this research study!