Frances Haugen Calls for ‘Solidarity’ With Facebook Content Moderators in Conversation with Whistleblower Daniel Motaung

Facebook whistleblowers Frances Haugen and Daniel Motaung came from very different parts of the social media platform’s ecosystem, but when they met for the first time in front of an audience in London Tuesday, they shared a message for anyone who has witnessed wrongdoing: Speak up.

Haugen, a former employee at Facebook’s Silicon Valley headquarters who leaked thousands of pages of internal documents last year, was joined onstage by Motaung, a whistleblower who was fired from his job as an outsourced Facebook content moderator in Kenya after leading a unionization effort. He currently lives in poverty in his home country of South Africa, and is pursuing a legal case against Facebook’s parent company Meta, and Sama, the outsourcing company that directly employed him.
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“Daniel’s struggle is part of a long history of the struggle of labor,” Haugen told the audience who had assembled at King’s Place in London to hear the pair in conversation. The panel was organized by Foxglove, a legal NGO that is assisting Motaung with his case against Meta and Sama. Foxglove’s co-director Cori Crider was also on the panel, along with Mercy Mutemi, Motaung’s lawyer in Kenya. The event was funded by Reset, a progressive tech lobbying organization that works with Haugen.

“People fighting for each other is why we have the 40 hour work week,” Haugen said. “And we need to extend that solidarity to the new front, on things like content moderation factories. We can do this. We’ve done it before and we’ll do it again.”

It was the first time that Motaung, who suffers from severe post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) as a result of his time as a content moderator, had addressed an in-person crowd since he blew the whistle in a TIME investigation earlier this year.

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Source:: Time – Business


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