In an open letter, over 200 content moderators demand that Facebook changes some policies due to the coronavirus pandemic.

With having to return to work in offices amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, more than 200 Facebook content moderators are taking issue. The moderators say they’re being “forced” back into the office unless they have a doctor’s note addressing their personal risk of catching COVID-19, In an open letter published Wednesday.

UK-based tech accountability group Foxglove publishes “Holding onto the job means walking into a hot zone,” reads the letter. The psychological toll of a job that includes screening for graphic content, the letter also cites this.

It has about 15,000 content moderators around the world, said by Facebook. CEO Mark Zuckerberg said, in May, some employees would be able to work from home permanently.

A Facebook spokesperson said in a statement that we appreciate the valuable work content reviewers do and we hierarchize their health and safety. Global content reviewers in a big count, have been working from home and will continue to do so for the duration of the pandemic. Access to health care and confidential wellbeing resources from their first day of employment, all of them have this access, and Facebook has surpassed health guidance on keeping facilities safe for any in-office work.

Moderators also ask for endangerment pay, in the letter. Reads the letter, who moderators working in the office on big risk material, like child abuse, should be paid endangerment pay of 1.5x their usual wage. The moderators also asked for psychiatric care and additional health care.

Wednesday as the social media giant called the workers back to the office during the pandemic, more than 200 Facebook content moderators demanded better health and safety protections.

The open letter released by the British-based legal activist firm Foxglove said that after months of allowing content moderators to work from home, and having much pressure to keep Facebook free of disinformation and hate, you have forced us back to the office. 

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