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YouTube content moderators are being made to sign waivers that acknowledge the job can give them PTSD and threatened with termination if they don’t sign

Daily Mail [1]
January 27, 2020

Moderators tasked with ridding YouTube of harmful content are being made to sign waivers that acknowledge the job may give them Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. 

A report from The Verge [2] reveals YouTube contractor, Accenture, which operates an office in Austin, Texas [3], made employees sign a waiver shortly after a prior investigation from the outlet on the effects of content moderation on contractors for Google [4].

As noted by The Verge, the waiver is seemingly the most overt acknowledgement that moderation jobs, which involve watching distributing videos that often depict violence and pedophilia, can often lead to Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

‘It is possible that reviewing such content may impact my mental health, and it could even lead to Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD),’ reads the document distributed to workers according to The Verge.

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