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According to The Verge, Facebook has agreed to allocate $52 million to cover content moderators’ mental health troubles that arise due to their job. The Superior Court in San Mateo earlier on Friday received a preliminary settlement that the company will agree to compensate damages to American moderators and give them more support during their working process.

Facebook will pay $1,000 (minimum) as general compensation to each moderator and if other complications crop during their job up, such as post-traumatic stress disorder, insomnia, or other related symptoms, moderators can file a summons for additional money. 11,250 moderators – that’s the number of people who, according to the settlement, will get money and almost half of them should be given extra pay for their complaints and problems that have been caused by their time working for Facebook. 

Primarily, the situation arose from a former Facebook moderator, Selena Scola, in September 2018, who alleged that her core task at Facebook demanded she explore images containing rape, murder, and suicide which eventually caused PTSD. Her complaint was instantly supported by a few other former Facebook moderators who faced the same issues, claiming Facebook did not ensure their safety in the workplace. 

Scola was a part of a special moderator squad in the aftermath of the 2016 US presidential election, the team being hired to find a solution to get rid of harmful content from the platform. 

There are two different ways for moderators to access their money: according to details of the settlement, every moderator will get $1,000 which can be spent on whatever they like. The company has different ideas, in the guise of not being bad, which is to partly cover medical treatment to the equivalent of their spendings associated with the diagnosis of the mental issues the moderator may be suffering.

The results of a mental check-up will be the last word to decide whether the person’s diagnosis requires an additional $1,500 on top of the initial sum. Some people who are facing complex forms of PTSD and depression, for example – could claim up to $6000.

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