Policing Facebook May Be the Worst Job Online
They’re shock troops of psychological warfare. Facebook directly and indirectly employs 15,000 content reviewers globally. At one contracting site in Arizona, a journalist reports low wages, which the social network argues always exceed local minimums, and dehumanizing conditions — for repeatedly viewing drone strike victims, stabbing deaths and other disturbing content. Bathroom and prayer breaks are limited, and there’s no counseling after reviewers emotionally wash out.
Are there long-lasting effects? Facebook moderators interviewed report colleagues taking Holocaust denial and flat Earth videos to heart, joking about suicide and suffering traumatic stress symptoms after quitting.