Tip Line: 414-777-5808 | newsdesk@cbs58.com

Facebook now paying $18 an hour to block suicide videos and other disturbing content

Facebook is giving its content moderators a raise, months after a series of media reports shed light on the often harsh working conditions for the people keeping the social network's platform safe.

The minimum wage for content moderators at the social media company, most of whom work as independent contractors rather than full employees, will be $18 per hour, Facebook announced Monday. Moderators working in New York, Washington, D.C., and the Bay Area will earn an hourly minimum of $22, while those in Seattle will get $20, the company said in a nod to the higher cost of living in these cities.

In some cities, Facebook moderators now earn $15 per hour, according to media reports. The improved pay, which translates to full-time annual earnings of $36,000 to $45,700, will take effect by the middle of next year.

In February, a report by technology industry news publisher The Verge described difficult working conditions for Facebook moderators, including reviewing disturbing content dealing with torture, bestiality, suicide and murder. Some workers coped with the job strains by smoking marijuana or otherwise self-medicating. They also reported being unable to access counseling or mental-health services through their employer, a tech services provider called Cognizant hired by Facebook. Several former contractors have sued Facebook, claiming their work for the company gave them post-traumatic stress order.

As part of Monday's announcement, Facebook said it would allow moderators to "temporarily blur graphic images by default before reviewing them." It will also require its vendors to provide on-site counseling "during all hours of operations, not just certain hours of each shift."

Facebook also said all content reviewers, whether contract workers or full-time employees, have access to what it called "well-being and resiliency resources," including group and individual counseling. Moderators also have health care benefits.

Share this article:
Save with
Are you sure you want to delete this comment?


Post a comment
KingHazaman 1 hours ago
Hello Everyone,
Am King by name, Am really grateful and thankful for what Dr.Manbela has done for me and my family. i have be suffering from Herpes for good three years with no solution, the diseases almost took my life and because I was unable to work and I was also loosing lots of money for medication, but one faithful day when I went online, I met lots of testimonies about this great man so I decided to give it a try and to God be the glory he did it. If you need his help or you also want to get cured just the way I got mine, just email him below drmanbelaherbalhome@gmail.com, and get your healing. He has cure for other deadly diseases like cancer, Hiv/Aids, Hepatitis,Diabetes,Urinary treat infection,impotence,Infertility,Diarrhea,Asthma, bed wetting e.t.c. you will also share your testimony.

hpprinterassistant 10 days ago
Marvelous blog. I truly like your blog. I read your blog it is instructive and has numerous great focuses to take note. The manner in which you compose the article is generally excellent and straightforward. Presently I go to my bit that we are putting forth benefits on the best way to setup hp printer. In the event that you need to setup hp printer effectively, at that point read our blog given on our site. On the off chance that you have any sort of issue, at that point get in touch with us on our toll-free number 1-855-788-2810.
Are you sure you want to delete this comment?