If you’ve ever wanted to be paid for the time you spend surfing the Internet for porn, I’ve got good news for you. It is possible to get paid to look at porn on the Internet. We all know that the Internet is a big place and that it is difficult to police. User generated content sites that don’t want any pornography on them such as YouTube, Facebook, PhotoBucket, and others have a hard time keeping offensive content off their sties. Other problems crop up when content that is deemed illegal in certain jurisdictions is posted on the Internet.
Computer filters can only catch so much and sometimes they filter legitimate content. There is no substitute for the human eye when it comes to determining what is acceptable or legal content. As a result, there are companies and organizations that will pay people to surf for porn. If you want to get paid to look for porn, here are some places that might hire you.
Law enforcement: Local, state and federal law enforcement organizations are always on the lookout for pornography and other offensive content. Despite freedom of speech rights, there are still some things that are illegal, particularly if it involves children or coerced behavior. You could get paid to search for questionable content and hunt down criminals.
Work for a software security firm: Someone has to make up those lists of banned sites that filtering programs use. While many sites are already in the databases, new sites crop up every day. These companies hire people to look for sites that need to be added to the list.
Work at a user-generated content site like YouTube or MySpace: Individual sites hire people to review uploaded content and check for acceptability. You’ll not only look for porn, but any other content that the site does not want posted such as drug use, gang activity, or hate speech.
Work at a firm that is used by the big sites on an outsource basis: Not all sites hire their own content reviewers. Some outsource the work to content review companies. Crowd Flower and Cloud Crowd are examples of companies that handle this outsourced work. If you work for one of these companies, you may be called upon to review content on several different sites. They also handle other outsourced work, so you might not surf for porn all the time.
Find postings on sites like Craigslist, Mechanical Turk, Live Work, etc: Sometimes the big content review companies even outsource their work to individuals. You can find postings on various Internet contract employment sites. Some smaller websites also use these contract work sites to find people to help police their content.
You won’t make much money looking for porn. Most content reviewers make between $8 – $12 per hour. Individual tasks may pay much less. There is also another downside to this type of work. No matter how much you might want to look at porn, chances are you will eventually run across something that you find horribly offensive or disturbing. Even the most jaded people eventually run across something that disturbs them greatly. Many of the content review companies keep therapists on staff or on call to help people deal with things they may see. Just like working in an ice cream parlor makes you hate ice cream, surfing for porn for a living can take all the fun out of looking at porn. However, if you’ve always dreamed of getting paid to look at porn, this type of work might be for you.