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City youth are Orkut, Fropper cyber policemen

Shweta Bajpayee?s psychology training in college had given her an extra set of keys to the human mind, reports Soubhik Mitra.

india Updated: Jan 20, 2007 04:02 IST

Shweta Bajpayee’s psychology training in college had given her an extra set of keys to the human mind. Now, unsuspecting cyber pranksters are discovering this, much to their alarm.

Bajpayee (24) has landed a job with social networking website Fropper.com as moderator. One of the first people on a whole new career frontier, she will screen socially and sexually offensive content floating in the maze of e-community bonhomie.

Courtesy controversies like the recent Mahatma Gandhi spoof, social interactive websites like Orkut and Fropper are hiring fresh graduates savvy with online tricks to screen out offensive content. These youngsters are paid Rs 12,000-Rs 15,000 a month to ensure that flirting does not end up in abuse, distasteful content is  not dumped online and people do not fight. Moderators work in eight-hour shifts to provide a 24/7 service.

Bajpayee’s previous experience as a student counsellor has come in handy. “We are also groomed by experts twice a month,” she said.

Hemant Kumar, another moderator, got the job because of his customer communication skills. “Social networking is growing in India and can post a million benefits if properly promoted. With authenticated groups, we want to provide our users a cleaner platform,” said Navin Mittal, business head, Fropper.com.

Email Soubhik Mitra: soubhik.mitra@hindustantimes.com