We Had To Remove This Post (Paperback)
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We Had To Remove This Post (Paperback)

(author), (translator)
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Paperback 144 Pages
Published: 01/06/2023
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Waterstones Says

Disturbing and engaging, Bervoets' debut novel focuses on a jaded online content moderator as the horror and hate of her job threatens to spill over into her increasingly turbulent personal life.

To be a content moderator is to see humanity at its worst - but Kayleigh needs money. That's why she takes a job working for a social media platform whose name she isn't allowed to mention. Her job: reviewing offensive videos and pictures, rants and conspiracy theories, and deciding which need to be removed.

It's gruelling work. Kayleigh and her colleagues spend all day watching horrors and hate on their screens, evaluating them with the platform's ever-changing moderating guidelines. Yet Kayleigh is good at her job, and in her colleagues she finds a group of friends, even a new girlfriend - and for the first time in her life, Kayleigh's future seems bright.

But soon the job seems to change them all, shifting their worlds in alarming ways. How long before the moderators own morals bend and flex under the weight of what they see?

We Had To Remove This Post by Hanna Bervoets is a chilling, powerful and gripping story about who or what determines our world view. Examining the toxic world of content moderation, the novel forces us to ask: what is right? What is real? What is normal? And who gets to decide?

Translated by Emma Rault.

Publisher: Pan Macmillan
ISBN: 9781529087246
Number of pages: 144
Weight: 110 g
Dimensions: 197 x 130 x 14 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

The dank underside of social media, its cruelty and delusions, have become, our shared affliction. It needed an accomplished novelist to explore humanely the damage. Hanna Bervoets has richly obliged in this superbly poised, psychologically astute and subtle novel of mental unravelling. - Ian McEwan, author of Atonement, On Chesil Beach and Amsterdam

This novel gives us an acid glimpse into a new form of labor existing today, a job that extracts an immeasurable psychic toll. Fascinating and disturbing. - Ling Ma, author of Severance

We Had To Remove This Post is one of the most fascinating books I’ve read in years. - Kristen Arnett, author of Mostly Dead Things and With Teeth

I thought it was incredible and has real cult potential. - Alice Slater, TikTok

A discomfiting mystery about the disturbing parts of social media that most people never see - New York Times

Powerful, discussable, and a harbinger of a voice-in-translation to watch. - Booklist Starred Review

Scathing, darkly humorous exploration of the impact of VR, IR . . . Bervoets just gets it. This is, unironically, a novel for our time. - Kirkus Starred Review

Hanna Bervoet's slim, compelling novel We Had to Remove This Post addresses the foetid morass of social media . . . Bevoets is often acidly funny, especially when demonstraring the workers' mordant, jockish humour. - TLS

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Grace Emily

“Compulsive, quick read!”

Kayleigh has been employed by Hexa for a larger company, her job is to review content flagged online for deletion and check the guidelines to see whether it stays up or not. Others around her are crumbling under the... More

Hardback edition
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“Timely and fascinating look at the worst of social media”

This exceptional novel is well worth your time - I read it in one sitting, but I will be returning to it countless times to revisit the themes that Bervoets so well deals with. It definitely isn't one to go into... More

Hardback edition
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“Darkly disturbing”

This is a short novella that hits all of the trigger warnings and it's a pretty difficult read at times.
Imagine working for a social media platform, and your job involving reviewing videos and photos that have... More

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