Safe Internet is built on the backs of content moderators, who often sacrifice their mental wellbeing for it. Facebook is no exception.
$ 1,000 is the payout amount for 11,000 current and former company moderators. Some of them will be able to get up to 50 thousand dollars after preliminary settlement. In total, Facebook has allocated more than $ 50 million to support employees who have had mental health problems due to work-related reasons.
Facebook’s content moderators are responsible for reviewing every single post on the site that has been flagged as inappropriate by the users. Moderators should decide if a particular post needs to be deleted, be it a text, a picture, a video, or audio. They have to sit through the colossal amount of child pornography, animal abuse, real-life murders and tortures, hate speech and other forms of violence.
This poses serious problems for almost every person who has ever taken this job. All 11 thousand of the mentioned employees, with whom Facebook entered into cooperation, had cases of depression, addictions, suicidal tendencies, not only. Taken together, this can be classified as PTSD.
The agreement applies to employees from some states who have worked for the company in the past five years. These are people in Arizona, California, Florida, and Texas. At the same time, the final answer on the case should be done by California Court. The decision is promised to be made by the end of 2020.