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    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.

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