Skip to comments.Forced to watch child porn for their job, Microsoft employees developed PTSD
Posted on 01/11/2017 5:47:03 PM PST by LouieFisk
Unsurprisingly, having to watch upsetting content like that every day takes a toll on moderators.
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How can an employer force you to do something so repulsive and illegal?
What??? This sounds like some torture in a POW camp. We definitely need to know why this was going on.
Someone has to do it and these guys were always free to quit if they couldn’t. Even on FR, we had incidents of childporn.
Only other option is to expand government and have law enforcement embedded in every internet company as moderators. And you know where that leads...
Even hardened officers that work on these cases get seriously messed up
“We definitely need to know why this was going on.”
Basically, their job is to pick out any illegal stuff and report it. To do that they have to sort stuff out and look at it.
I’m thinking they should have just quite instead of suing the company.
Seemingly they were assigned to some team that monitors the web for that sort of horror in order to report it to law enforcement. I guess they had to view stuff to ascertain whether or not it was porn/murder/abuse, etc, and they were assigned to the team without input and not allowed to transfer off for at least 18 months.
Seems like an easy fix instead of making employees wait to transfer for 18 months, limit their exposure to four to six months with a maximum amount of viewing per day....
It’s a job that has to be done, you should not have to expose yourself to toxic amounts of viewing horrific images...
It's not always an easy fix. I was supposed to work on a project with that stuff. I refused. There was no way I wanted to see that stuff. It didn't help my career with that company at that time but there was no alternative.
I understand, on the flip side....I would be concerned if I as a manager i had personnel volunteer for the job....
That would be a major red flag...
Yup, making the rotation time shorter would likely help a lot. I think it would be also wise in that the risk of getting numb/desensitized to the garbage doesn’t help either the job or the person doing it.
I worked a case on a pedophile priest and I asked the case agent how he dealt with that. He said his rationalization was that most of his cases (federal) were looking at a minimum of 20 years. The priest was in his sixties. The day he was arrested was the last day he will spend outside of prison.
I know a detective in our police department who was assigned to this duty. He could only handle about a month of it. I can’t imagine watching a minute of it.
The feds do not like this crime and they take it very seriously. Perverts who get nailed for child porn in Federal Court do not get a slap on the wrist.
I’d rather work in a literal sewer than do their job. Involuntarily assignment is coercion and I would suggest even cruel and inhumane working conditions. When you’re hire for a job, that’s the job you do. If they were hired on specifically for this, then I don’t have near as much sympathy.
Either way, PTSD is very real, and no normal person could stand being repeatedly exposed to such vile filth. We don’t even expect our soldiers to spend 18 months in constant combat. Microsoft has shown gross disregard for these employees.
I’m surprised The Evil Empire doesn’t do a prison work outreach project to hire convicted pedophiles to look for kiddie porn...
‘Forced’??? Somehow I highly doubt it.
The depths of hell. Luke 17:2. “It would be better for them to be thrown into the sea with a millstone tied around their neck.” The innocent Microsoft workers were not prepared to examine the garbage from hell and then developed real-life traumatic disorder and then got their request for worker’s comp denied. Perhaps the workers felt trapped, wanted to prevent others from doing the examining, and did not know how to verbalize traumatic disorders. Poor nerds. They need Microsoft to fund two years on at a beach house with weekly therapy and Bible study. EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) is the trick that fixes traumatic disorders.
I don’t blame you. I couldn’t do it either. Not with children as victims. It would be hard enough with adults and I’d definitely have to limit exposure. I would break down right away if it were children, though.
This would be a way to employ AI to screen contents and save humans having to view it. Of course, I realize exactly the slippery slope I am suggesting so...maybe not.
The police just before they execute a warrant for the arrest of the perpetrators so they are prepared to do what should be done if necessary.
The defense attorney so he/she can see exactly what type of animal they are defending.
The jury before they render the verdict to ensure that justice is done.
The judge before he issues sentence to make sure the law is followed to the maximum.
John Podesta and his group of alleged pedophiles are hoping all of those Pizza emails don't mean PIZZAGATE is going to put them into court in front of a judge.
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