New York (The Verge) — Facebook will increase pay for its contractors in North America theverge.com/2019/5/13/1861….
Content moderators and other contract workers will make at least $18 an hour, up $3 from before. The news comes after stories from The Verge and other outlets about harmful working conditions for contractors.
The changes will go into effect by the middle of next year, the company said, and it will explore bringing similar raises to other sites around the world. The move comes after reporting from The Verge and others on the long-term impact of working as a contract moderator for Facebook, which has left some workers with symptoms of post-traumatic stress.
In February, The Verge reported that Facebook contractors in Phoenix are suffering from long-term mental health issues after working as content moderators. Their jobs require them to view a steady stream of violent and disturbing content, and several moderators told us they continued to struggle with PTSD-like symptoms. Other moderators told us that the work had made them more likely to believe in the fringe conspiracy theories that they encountered each day at work. — Casey Newton/@verge