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Facebook, YouTube Content Moderators Being Asked to Sign PTSD Forms: Reports

Content moderators at Facebook and YouTube in Europe and within the US have been requested to signal varieties detailing that the job might trigger post-traumatic stress dysfunction (PTSD).

According to The Financial Times and The Verge, international skilled providers agency Accenture which gives content material moderators for giant tech companies have requested them to signal a type, explicitly acknowledging that their job might trigger post-traumatic stress dysfunction.

Accenture runs no less than three content material moderation websites for Facebook in Europe, together with in Warsaw, Lisbon and Dublin.

An analogous doc was additionally supplied by Accenture to staff at a YouTube content material moderation facility in Austin, Texas.

Accenture mentioned the wellbeing of staff was a "top priority".

"We regularly update the information we give our people to ensure that they have a clear understanding of the work they do," the corporate mentioned in a press release.

"According to an employee who signed one of these acknowledgment forms, every moderator at the facility was emailed a link and asked to sign immediately," the report mentioned.

The Accenture type says staff would possibly assessment "disturbing" movies and that moderating "such content material might impression my psychological well being, and it might even result in Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

Both Facebook and Google mentioned they didn't assessment Accenture's new type.

Facebook is dealing with lawsuits from former content material moderators over a variety of psychological well being points in California and Ireland.

Case of PTSD and different psychological well being points have been on the rise amongst content material moderators.

The Verge's probe final month into Accenture's Austin website described a whole bunch of low-paid immigrants toiling in, eradicating movies flagged for excessive violence and terrorist content material.

"The moment they quit Accenture or get fired, they lose access to all mental health services. One former moderator for Google said she was still experiencing symptoms of PTSD two years after leaving," the report claimed.

Last 12 months, The Verge revealed a report of Facebook moderators and one in every of them mentioned he "sleeps with a gun by his side" after doing the job.


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