Steven Williams Interviewed by Radio Station KPCC about Facebook Litigation

Joseph Saveri Law Firm partner Steven Williams was interviewed by Southern California radio station KPCC 89.3 regarding the recently-filed suit against Facebook by the company’s former content moderator, Selena Scola. Emanuel Maidenberg, professor of psychiatry and biobehavioral sciences at UCLA, also appeared on the program.

Listen to the Interview of Steven Williams

Are content moderators at risk of psychological trauma? A lawsuit filed by Selena Scola, a former content moderator at Facebook’s headquarters in Menlo Park, California, claims she developed post-traumatic stress disorder after sifting through “highly toxic and disturbing images” that violated Facebook’s terms of use.

Scola is one of roughly 7,500 content moderators around the globe that help delete graphic violence, self harm images, hate speech, and other forms of Facebook misconduct. According to the Complaint, this content also entails watching videos and livestreams of “child sexual abuse, rape, torture, bestiality, beheadings, suicide, and murder.”

The suit, filed in San Mateo County Superior Court, is asking for a Facebook-funded medical monitoring program that would help maintain a safe workplace. The fund would provide content moderators with medical testing and psychiatric treatment. The lawsuit is seeking class action status.

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