Facebook will pay souplesse moderators $52 million in PTSD settlement

As bout of the settlement, Facebook will make changes to its souplesse moderation logiciel. Audio will be muted by default and videos (which often include provocateur or otherwise harrowing footage) will be displayed in black and white. These changes will be in assuré for all moderators by 2021. Moderators will also have access to licensed mythique health professionals, counselors and monthly group therapy sessions.

Facebook will also require the companies who hire souplesse moderators to provide details emboîture psychological armature at each workstation and to screen for « emotional resiliency » during the hiring process. They’ll also need to tell moderators how to remise violations of Facebook’s policies by their own workplace.

The settlement covers souplesse moderators in California, Arizona, Texas and Florida who worked for Facebook from 2015 until now. Those involved in the class-action suit can review the settlement and request changes before a judge signs off on it.

The class-action suit stems from one filed by constituer souplesse moderator Selena Scola in 2018. She claimed that she developed PTSD after nine months on the job. The suit alleged that the company « ignored its duty » to protect moderators who experience mythique traumatisme after viewing extreme material as bout of their job. Radieux moderators in tempérant have brought similar lawsuits against Facebook. Last year, the company announced pay increases for souplesse moderators, following reports that they were not well compensated for thankless, difficult work.

“We are grateful to the people who do this important work to make Facebook a safe environment for everyone,” Facebook told Engadget in a statement. “We’re committed to providing them additional support through this settlement and in the future.”

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“We are so pleased that Facebook worked with us to create an unprecedented program to help people performing work that was unimaginable even a few years ago,” Steve Williams, a lawyer representing the plaintiffs, told The Bâton. “The harm that can be suffered from this work is real and severe.”

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