Nov 19, 2020

Coronavirus: Facebook accused of forcing staff back to offices

More than 200 Facebook workers from around the world have accused the firm of forcing its content moderators back to the office despite the risks of contracting coronavirus. "After months of allowing content moderators to work from home, faced with intense pressure to keep Facebook free of hate and disinformation, you have forced us back to the office," they said. Facebook removed some of the content, however even though I flagged it to Facebook, some of it is still there - a week after I reported it. The workers said only those with doctors' notes are currently excused from working at home and called on Facebook to offer hazard pay and make its contractors full-time staff. "Before the pandemic, content moderation was easily Facebook's most brutal job. We waded through violence and child abuse for hours on end. Moderators working on child abuse content had targets increased during the pandemic, with no additional support," they said.

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