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*content warning: description of violent and disturbing content on social media and mental illness.
Beheadings, rape and killings – this is what Facebook's moderators in Kenya are forced to watch non stop everyday for 9 hrs, for as little as $1,50/h.
Facebook is pulling the worst corporate trick to ramp up its profits -- outsourcing vital work to shady, exploitative companies and turning a blind eye to abuse of their workforce. It's colonialism in disguise!
It's time we stand up for workers' rights and force BigTech to end its sweatshop practices around the world – when we reach 200,000 signatures we'll hand our call to Facebook's Global HR boss, Lori Goler. Sign now.
Moderators are the human shields between Facebook's users and the worst of humanity. They delete and remove harmful content such as sexual abuse of children and killings, with huge cost to mental health. PTSD, suicidal thoughts, depression, and heavy drug use are common among Facebook's moderators.
The company outsources vital jobs such as platform moderation to shady companies with draconian non-disclosure agreements. They pay laughable fees and promote illegal and oppressive work conditions – all while taking zero responsibility for those working non-stop to make the social media giant safer.
Huge companies like Facebook should have global packages for workers’ wellbeing, including comprehensive mental health support for all their moderators.
Facebook execs could have chosen the road of decency. Instead, they’re actively promoting harmful work practices. They’d rather pay millions in legal fees to dodge regulation and increase profit. It's basically colonialist practices in disguise.
Let's stand up against this new form of worker exploitation by putting Facebook's Global HR boss, Lori Goler, in the spotlight and fighting for decent work conditions for all moderators.
This won't be a short or easy fight. But this movement has achieved incredible successes against these companies forcing them to cease several harmful practices. It wasn't easy, but we did it.
The digital sweatshops are impairing thousands of workers from inside out all while BigTech CEOs are breaking profit records and promoting a global "race to the bottom" in working conditions. This movement has the power to lead a people-powered call to end this abusive behaviour, and demand accountability for these companies using a centuries-old practice under new disguise. Let's do it.
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TIME. 17 February 2022.
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Yahoo. 10 May 2022.