Facebook has agreed to pay $ 52 million as part of a lawsuit against the social giant for failing to protect content moderators exposed to child sexual abuse, beheadings, terrorism and other disturbing content.
The settlement includes more than 10,000 current and US-based content moderators working on behalf of Facebook vendors in California, Arizona, Texas and Florida.
A class-action lawsuit filed in a California state court in September 2018, alleging that those who worked on content additions for Facebook were deprived of protection against “serious emotional and other injuries” that could result from repeated exposure to graphic content.
In a statement on the settlement, a Facebook representative said: We are committed to providing them with additional support through this settlement and in the future. “
Under the terms of the settlement, affected content moderators will each be eligible to receive 1,000. In addition, members of the class diagnosed with certain conditions as a result of their work – such as traumatic stress disorder – will receive a fee that can be paid for that condition and each may be eligible for an additional loss reward of up to 50,000.
Facebook America-based content moderators have also agreed to employ new security measures to work for its vendors. This includes providing coaching sessions to third-party vendors with licensed mental health counselors and other mental-health support, as well as enhancing review tools designed to further secure the work of the content moderator.
Settlement of the case, Scola v. Facebook Inc. This still requires court approval. Plaintiff Co-Leadership Council represents Burns Cherrest LLP and Joseph Saveri Law Firm.