Facebook will pay content moderators who are tasked with repeatedly monitoring graphic material on its platform $52 million as part of a class-action lawsuit settlement.
The social media company was sued in 2018 by third-party contractors who argued Facebook failed to adequately protect them against psychological injuries than can result from continued exposure to disturbing posts such as child sexual abuse and beheadings.
US moderators who were part of the suit will receive $1,000 each from the settlement.
Workers who were diagnosed with conditions stemming from their job duties will get medical treatment and up to $50,000 in damages.
The preliminary settlement was filed in the Superior Court of California for the County of San Mateo.
The company said in a statement it is “grateful to the people who do this important work to make Facebook a safe environment for everyone.
“We’re committed to providing them additional support through this settlement and in the future.”
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