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Facebook’s most miserable employee has to watch slaughter, rape videos

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Do you ever think that there is a job limited to watching videos of killing, slaughter, rape and sexual abuse of children? At first glance, it may seem to be the easiest job, but if you take a closer look, you may change your mind.

This man goes to his office at 9 o’clock every morning, opens his computer and does nothing but watch the videos of murder and slaughter. This is a typical work day in the life of a Facebook content supervisor.

The Guardian newspaper had an interview with one of these administrators; he talked about the physical and moral suffering of the workers in this field.

The man, who wanted his name to be unrevealed, said that he found no pleasure in his job, which lacks decent financial and professional remuneration.

The man gets a salary of about 15USD an hour. His duties are to monitor users’ reports about Facebook content and remove videos, images and content uploaded on the popular social networking site, upon users’ reports.

The man spoke about the psychological impacts of this job saying that “some of us cannot sleep and have nightmares,” because of the harshness of the videos they see. These videos also include clips containing scenes of sexual abuse of children and others.

He added that many of his colleagues had to seek assistance and go to psychiatrists.

Facebook deals with the training of these supervisors with top secrecy. “We realize that this is often a difficult job, and that’s why we provide psychological support to everyone who reviews Facebook content,” said a spokeswoman for the company.

She added: “We worked with psychologists to develop a program specifically designed to support the people in charge of this job, including the provision of advice and training on flexibility and support programs. As we increase our commitment towards our community operations team, we are also increasing our investments in this important field.”

However, the British newspaper quoted the content supervisor saying that he had not received any mandatory psychological advice, but his company provides sessions with a psychologist every few months, and the employee can only attend these sessions upon his request.

He said that many of the content reviewers have recently arrived to the United States and do not speak fluent English; they perform their duties in their mother tongue, he added. Many fear to seek psychological help because this might threaten the job they got just a few months ago.
 

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Last Update: Friday, 2 June 2017 KSA 13:19 - GMT 10:19
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