Facebook PTSD is worth between $1000 and $6000.

Don't spend it all in one place.

In a landmark acknowledgment of the toll that content moderation takes on its workforce, Facebook has agreed to pay $52 million to current and former moderators to compensate them for mental health issues developed on the job. [...]

Each moderator will receive a minimum of $1,000 and will be eligible for additional compensation if they are diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder or related conditions. The settlement covers 11,250 moderators, and lawyers in the case believe that as many as half of them may be eligible for extra pay related to mental health issues associated with their time working for Facebook, including depression and addiction. [...]

Last year, The Verge found that moderators hired through Cognizant were working in dire conditions in Phoenix and Tampa. For an annual salary as low as $28,800, moderators were placed into a high-stakes environment that demanded near-perfect accuracy in navigating Facebook's ever-changing content policies, while being subjected to imagery that could sometimes begin to haunt their dreams within weeks. [...]

The amount of money a moderator will receive beyond the initial $1,000 will depend on their diagnosis. Anyone who is diagnosed with a mental health condition is eligible for an additional $1,500, and people who receive multiple concurrent diagnoses -- PTSD and depression, for example -- could be eligible for up to $6,000.

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13 Responses:

  1. anonymous says:

    Facebook should first and foremost, stop censoring the web.

    • Max says:

      No, it should first and foremost, cease to exist.

      Facebook doesn't bring humanity anything that weighs against the constant stream of outright evil shit they pull.

      • anonymous says:

        Well, I disagree.

        Facebook is almost the only platform where Russian opposition is free to speak and say that they disagree with Putin, and coordinate.

        Facebook is the place where I keep in touch with my former classmates and friends. (That's what it was originally created for.)

        Facebook is the place where I learn foreign languages by reading small mundane observations by my foreign language friends.

        Facebook is one of the best things ever happening to mankind.

        The only problems appear when the feel godlike and start trying to manipulate the readers into their own political agenda.

        • Mohammed Abdul says:

          'Russian opposition' can simply organize on Telegram, or explicit CIA platforms to get orders from their masters.

          Facebook are never going to stop censoring free speech. Just move to Weibo or WeChat or some other platform that allows some actual degree of freedom of speech.

        • dcapacitor says:

          Facebook is an online platform for serving advertisements to people who post their personal and not-so-personal information online and consume information posted by others.

          Scrolling through someone's wedding photos and clicking "Like" is not keeping in touch.

          A Silicon Valley company's product is most definitely not one of the best things ever happening to mankind.

          • Lockywolf says:

            "The best thing" is an hyperbole, obviously.

            Well, friend, if you have boring people doing boring things on your feed -- that's not the problem of the tool.

            People are posting "discussion topics", or, if you will, "invitations for messaging". The person posting his wedding photos would likely welcome you messaging (PM, e-mail, Telegram, whatever) him and chatting about how it was and what are his future plans.

            I fail to see how this is not "keeping in touch". If _you_ always keep scrolling and never engaging, this is _your_ problem, not Facebook's.

    • margaret says:

      facebook is a cesspool. can't imagine more of this would be a good thing.

  2. Dude says:

    And people wonder why I killed off my account years back.

    What also gets me about this story is that I almost had this job. I was recommended as a freelancer through Cognizant, but that company is absolute shit in both informing and on-boarding new people, freelancers or otherwise. I forget the exact numbers, but the offered salary looked sweet (particularly for a freelancer who hadn't had a contract in a while), but Cognizant's incompetence caused me to throw my hands up and say "Fuck this!"

    Reaaaaally glad I didn't get that contract (well, that the-endless-list-of-reasons-why-FB-is-horrible-which-caused-me-to-kill-my-account-in-the-first-place).

  3. DMW says:

    "The exact amount of the payout depends on how many members of the class apply for benefits, and it could shrink significantly"

    Yeah, I've seen how this goes before. By the time all is said and done there going to get coupons for BOGO at McDonalds.

  4. thielges says:

    How generous. That award cash should enable the victims to purchase plenty of memory eraser, a clinically proven and economical treatment for PTSD.

  5. mhoye says:

    I'll bet anyone a month's salary that if Facebook employees had to spend one week a quarter moderating Facebook content, Facebook would cease to exist within a year.

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