Phil 4.25.2022

I helped build ByteDance’s vast censorship machine

  • “It was certainly not a job I’d tell my friends and family about with pride. When they asked what I did at ByteDance, I usually told them I deleted posts (删帖). Some of my friends would say, “Now I know who gutted my account.” The tools I helped create can also help fight dangers like fake news. But in China, one primary function of these technologies is to censor speech and erase collective memories of major events, however infrequently this function gets used.”


  • 9:00 Sprint Demos
  • Put together stories for next sprint
  • 2:00 MDA meeting
  • 4:00 OSS Meeting


  • Reworked the epilogue a lot