An army of Facebook workers are tasked with removing terror-related material. MoS investigation reveals that Facebook has hired young Filipinos to do the job. Hundreds of them – some of who have limited English – ‘earn just £1.81 an hour’. They face being sacked if they fail to meet quotas, assessing hundreds of posts. The social media giant recorded profits of more than £4.7 billion in 2015 alone.
They are the army of workers who man Facebook’s front line, tasked with removing offensive and terror-related material from the internet giant’s site.
But a Mail on Sunday investigation has discovered the multi-billion pound social networking site employs hundreds of young Filipinos – some with limited English skills – who work gruelling shifts and say they earn just £1.81 an hour.
They are forced to decide in seconds whether or not to delete videos, pictures and posts which are too graphic or violent.
Staff face being sacked if they fail to meet strict quotas that mean they have to assess hundreds of extreme posts every shift.
Facebook, which recorded profits of more than £4.7 billion in 2015, has come under fire for giving a platform to terrorists to spread their hateful propaganda.
Last week, Theresa May demanded a crackdown on social media giants that refuse to co-operate on terror.
In the wake of the Manchester attack, handbooks imploring extremists to target concerts were found on the internet.
The army of moderators are part of Facebook’s community standards team whose job is to police the site.