Meta, Facebook’s parent company, has announced plans to appeal a Kenyan court ruling that declared Meta the primary employer for content moderators reviewing material on its platforms in sub-Saharan Africa.
Last week’s ruling stated that Meta failed to meet legal obligations for its moderators, including providing adequate training, pay, and benefits. The court ordered Meta to pay back wages and reinstate the moderators as employees.
Disagreeing with the ruling, Meta intends to appeal the decision in a higher court. The company emphasizes its commitment to ensuring a safe and supportive work environment for its moderators.
This ruling is the latest in a series of legal challenges Meta faces regarding its content moderation practices. In recent years, the company has faced criticism for mishandling hate speech, misinformation, and other harmful content on its platforms.
While Meta pledges to combat harmful content, it maintains that it is not responsible for user-generated material. Instead, the company relies on its community of users to report harmful content and takes action to remove it when reported.
Kenya Ruling Could Impact Meta’s Global Content Moderation Practices
A recent ruling in Kenya may have far-reaching implications for Meta’s content moderation practices worldwide. Should the ruling be upheld, Meta could be compelled to alter its approach to managing moderators and addressing harmful content across its platforms.
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