September 26, 2018
Meme PTSD – it’s real.
With all the shuttenings that we’ve experienced on social media platforms recently, you might think to yourself “what’s the point of posting? Nobody is going to see it anyway.”
But you’d be wrong.
Even if you get censored right away, there’s a group of people who will see your posts ever single time: the content moderators.
And as it turns out, we’ve been giving them a good hard case of digital PTSD. So soldier on, shitposters.
A woman in California sued Facebook Friday for being “exposed to highly toxic, unsafe, and injurious content during her employment as a content moderator at Facebook.”
We drove this bitch insane lol.
The skank was hired to work as a content moderator, and she’s suing Facebook because they made her moderate content.
So, huh… If content moderation inevitably involves looking at “disturbing content,” then what exactly is Facebook supposed to do? Get a second team of moderators to check stuff first, to make sure it’s not too disturbing for the snowflake moderators?
Won’t that team get the PTSD, then?
Selena Scola was a content moderator at Facebook’s Menlo Park, California headquarters from June 2017 through March of this year, according to the lawsuit. She worked for a contractor called Pro Unlimited, Inc., which helps Facebook delete content that violates its Community Standards. Facebook has roughly 7,500 content moderators worldwide, who are tasked with deleting hate speech, graphic violence and self harm images and video, nudity and sexual content, bullying, and a host of other content that violates its policies.
Mostly politically incorrect opinions though.
Scola’s lawyers say that she developed post traumatic stress disorder as a result of “constant and unmitigated exposure to highly toxic and extremely disturbing images at the workplace,” and allege that Facebook does not have proper mental health services and monitoring in place for its content moderators. The case was filed as a class-action lawsuit, but at the moment Scola is the only named plaintiff; the lawsuit names a potential class of “thousands” of current and former moderators in California.
If skanks looking at Alt-Right memes causes PTSD, what kind of disease do Reddit content moderators get?
The lawsuit does not currently include specific details about Scola’s job and instead relies on news investigations about how content moderation works; Scola’s lawyers told Motherboard that further into the legal process she will detail them. “This complaint does not include these [specifics] because Ms. Scola fears that Facebook may retaliate against her using a purported non-disclosure agreement.”
Moderating content is a difficult job—multiple documentaries, longform investigations, and law articles have noted that moderators work long hours, are exposed to disturbing and graphic content, and have the tough task of determining whether a specific piece of content violates Facebook’s sometimes byzantine and constantly-changing rules. Facebook prides itself on accuracy, and with more than 2 billion users, Facebook’s work force of moderators are asked to review millions of possibly infringing posts every day.
I have a modest proposal.
If Facebook wants a content moderation team which is proven to be totally impervious to all forms of disturbing imagery, as well as a constitutional incapacity to be offended by things they see on the internet, they need to hire /pol/acks as mods – exclusively.
/pol/ is known as a cesspit of rogue heroism, where only the most hardened internet veterans dare lurk. You can be sure that by hiring these people, you ensure they will never sue you for getting digital PTSD for whatever milquetoast crap they’ll find of Facebook.
Unless it’s like, super lulzy to do so.
In any case, it’s clear that these snowflake skanks are not up to the job.
Or… any job.