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Facebook moderators to get $52 million settlement for psychological harm

Facebook moderators brought a class-action lawsuit against Facebook in 2018

Facebook has agreed to pay $52 million to its content moderators as compensation for mental health issues caused by their work. The internet is already generally a cesspool of filth and cruelty, so one can only imagine the incredibly horrific things its moderators are forced to witness every day.

The payment is part of the preliminary settlement in a class-action lawsuit brought by Facebook moderators against Facebook in 2018. In the suit, several former Facebook moderators accused Facebook of failing to provide a safe workplace and exposing them to severe psychological harm. Speaking to The Verge last year, some moderators said they’d been diagnosed with PTSD after regularly viewing distressing content such as violent murders at Facebook.

“You’d go into work at 9 a.m. every morning, turn on your computer and watch someone have their head cut off,” one of Facebook’s moderators told The Guardian in 2017. “Every day, every minute, that’s what you see. Heads being cut off.”

Source: Amanda Yeo | Mashable

 

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