Facebook’s scheme suggests that HALF of the company’s moderators have suffered mental health problems from work
Facebook settlement suggests that HALF of the company’s moderators have developed mental health issues as a result of their work removing graphics from the platform
- A lawsuit suggests that one in two Facebook moderators suffer from mental health problems as a result of their work
- Mental health attorneys and experts came to the conclusion when reviewing a class in a recent $ 52 million settlement
- The numbers are the first insight into how many moderators have been affected
A recently settled class-action lawsuit between Facebook and thousands of third-party content moderators suggests that employees have a 50 percent chance of developing mental health issues through their work.
According to a report by The Verge that mentions conversations between Facebook and attorneys representing claimants in the lawsuit, as many as half of the more than 11,000 members in the class are eligible for additional compensation for severe mental health who is at work developed.
The level of current and former employees with mental disorders was determined with the help of experts in post-traumatic and vicarious trauma according to The edge.
A $ 52 million settlement between Facebook and a class of over 11,000 moderators suggests that at least half of current and former employees are eligible for additional compensation due to serious work-related mental health issues (inventory)
That estimate is the first insight into how many moderators are affected by mental health issues related to their work for Facebook and is coming on the heels of a $ 52 million settlement.
In the preliminary settlement filed Friday in San Mateo Superior Court, Facebook agreed to reimburse 11,250 current and former U.S.-based moderators for a minimum of $ 1,000, as reported by The Verge.
Some moderators diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) or a similar condition are eligible for an additional fee, ranging from $ 1,500 to $ 6,000, to cover the cost of each treatment.
Over the past year, The Verge has had detailed problems at third-party moderation centers in Tampa and Arizona, with employees of Facebook contractors such as Cognizant at the center of claims involving harsh working conditions and hours that affected employees’ mental health.
A particularly harrowing incident described by The Verge = highlighted the death of one of the company’s employees, Keith Utley.
Companies contracted by Facebook have passed out due to treatment of moderators in the U.S. following reports by Casey Newton of The Verge.
Employees interviewed by The Verge say that job stress, including repeated consumption of graphic material depicting rape and violence, contributed to a heart attack that led to his death.
Reports also highlighted workers ‘criticism of locally available mental health professionals because their ability to cope with workers’ stress and anxiety was inadequate.
While Facebook moderators play a critical role in getting rid of the platform of toxic content, recent reports have worked to highlight the human toll the platform can and does for those in its job.
Resources in The Guardian suggest that Facebook should hire more employees to help mitigate adverse effects for moderators.