"I'd come into work and settle down in front of the screen, to see the Word document in the corner, [which] would have [had] numbered tasks going '1, 2, 3, 4, 5' were now [going] '2, 4, 7, 9, 12, 13, 14' because so many clicks of the day had been changed or pulled. [It was] almost always because they were caught. We didn't even need to ask why after a while. Newer [farmers] would always ask, because they didn't know. And the answer was, 'A company pulled out because they found out we were being used,' and then on with work. During the day, managers would occasionally come through saying, 'Delete all Facebook-likes-This-Company tasks,' because they were just cut."
Albert didn't want to say how much he made, exactly, but Thailand click farmers can make several thousand a month, while Bangladeshi click farm workers make as little as $120 a year. Nobody deserves to be on the internet for 12 hours a day, at any price. But at least one of the American companies that hired Albert's click farm sent someone by to check out the conditions.
"I think he was a scout from a company to see what it was really like. It's not the prettiest building, but it is hot. Instead of asking why it was hot (indoors, Philippine summer with thousands of computers overheating), he complimented us on how fast we were typing. I think that's how he saw a happy worker -- by how fast we were typing." Hey, you know, some people see the glass as half full, some see it as overflowing with human sorrow. "That's also how negative our jobs were. We knew we weren't liked, but another company sent somebody to see what the conditions were like. You do that for sweatshops."
Albert himself doesn't think these places are sweatshops. While he has moved on to a newer, better, healthier career, he still doesn't think there's anything morally wrong with his old job. He's frustrated when American companies pull their money at any hint of click farming. "You get upset, because you were duped into fake popularity. But for us, that's food money we lost. We've seen the stories. People on Facebook are happy because they found out some company was using fake users to drive up numbers, but from our view, you're cheering that we don't get paid."
Well damn, we never thought we'd feel bad for cheering on authenticity. Thanks, internet.
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