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Facebook to pay $52 Million to content moderators suffering from PTSD

Facebook to pay $52 Million to content moderators suffering from PTSD

Facebook has agreed in principle to pay $52 million to compensate around 11,000 current and ex-content moderators who developed mental health issues on the job.The company was reportedly sued in 2018 by third-party contractors who argued Facebook failed to adequately protect them against psychological injuries that can result from continued exposure to disturbing posts.

IvoryDove 6 months

FB Moderator to their psychiatrist "It was horrible! I can't get those words to stop appearing in my mind. This guy kept repeating "Government isn't our master. Our constitution protects our rights. There is no right to not be offended!" ....So horrible! "

Robert_Clearwater 6 months

Ok so they saw brutal videos or some CP. I'm terribly sorry for them, in no way do I wish for someone to see these things, but I feel like it'd be part of the territory as a content moderator to deal with sick stuff like this. Also, the idea of a "content moderator" is perhaps the lowest of lows when it comes to honorable jobs.

J. S. Dietrich
J. S. Dietrich 6 months

What kind of screwed up crap are people posting on Facebook?

The Right Perspective
The Right Perspective 6 months

I bet Facebook hired women to increase diversity in the company and then they were sued because the women couldn't handle it.

Darknimbus3 6 months

Yeah right. Get into the army and fight on the front lines, then you’ll REALLY know what PTSD is.

Max Bants
Max Bants 6 months

All those spicy memes and rare pepe's are no damn joke you bigots. The damage adds up. processing Irony and unweaving a lifetime of progressive doublethink is basically the same as watching your best friend bleed to death in Afghanistan.

Max Bants
Max Bants 6 months

"Daddy, what did you do in the great meme wars?" - "I was on the front lines, darling. Staring offense itself in the face every day. I served my corporation with a bruised index finger tendon from clicking all those ban requests and lost my sense of humor "

Richard 6 months

Why does it not surprise me that Facebook employees would claim that looking at stuff they disagree with, caused "traumatic stress"?

Ted 6 months

From what I've heard there's a lot of absolutely horrific stuff posted on Facebook but I feel like you know that's part if the job going into it

ian 6 months

Isnt it a content moderators job to take off disturbing content? How would you sign up for that job and then be upset that you had to see disturbing content in order to take it off?? I guess if FB actually down played the mental effects when the moderators signed up for work, and if they didn’t support their employees with regular and encouraged visits to a psychiatrist/psychologist, then its really would be FBs fault. The whole point of a content moderator is so that all that disturbing content doesnt have a bad effect of FB users so really your just transfering the bad effects to the moderator. So they should have safety practices in place. Just like any other jobsight has safety practices to avoid liability. Like a regular free visit to a psychologist maybe??

Property 6 months

This sounds like a assumed risk. If you tske the job of taking down posts that they said is to bad to be there, then obviously its going to be disturbing

Robert 6 months

But will they do it in the new Zuckerberg currency they’re trying to launch?

Antony 6 months

For all those who though it a trivial matter to moderate content. Search youtube for reddit content moderator stories. Listen to them and have some sympathy.

Lacey 6 months

Less than $5,000 per person for psychological torture

cor 6 months

Absolutely ridiculous, you poor babies...PTSD from reading? What must veterans suffer from? Can't be PTSD now.

elstevo711 6 months

LOL. PTSD for looking at stuff on FACEBOOK??? WTH!!! Equating PTSD with Facebook is like saying you have been through war because of fireworks.

Article V FTW
Article V FTW 6 months

It must be so hard being a 1984 style censor of wrong think. 🤬🤐☠️

OUTRAW mf 6 months

Get fn real. My Generation grew up on rotten .com. You can't tell me you can't Hire a moderator with some balls

Kyle G
Kyle G 6 months

Hahaha how fragile are these pathetic peoples minds if they can’t handle a few bad words haha

Derek 6 months

This comment thread single-handedly destroyed my faith in Newsvoice readers

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