Facebook has strict rules that prevent its employees from talking about their work at the company. Now, some company moderators have written a letter addressed to Mark Zuckerberg and other directors of social network in which they call for the end of non-disclosure agreements.

The document says that these agreements, which in theory would serve to prevent employees from sharing user data, end up being used as a form of censorship in the company, creating a culture of "absolute secrecy" about what each person does in their routine of job. This also ends up restricting any criticisms about certain positions of the company.


“Despite the company's best efforts to keep us quiet, we are writing to demand that the company's culture of fear and excessive secrecy end today,” the moderators wrote. "No NDA (non-disclosure agreement) can legally prevent us from talking about our working conditions."

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Facebook's conflicts with its employees over content restriction rules are not new. Moderators say the job of removing prohibited content from social network it is harmful to mental health, and they would like to be able to talk about it with psychiatrists and psychologists. Remembering that these workers are often exposed to publications with violent, sexual and criminal content.

“You cannot be unharmed. This work should not cost us our mental health”, says another part of the letter. “Imagine watching hours of violent content or child abuse online as part of your daily work,” he adds. At least 60 people who are currently on Facebook in different parts of the world signed the request.

Facebook, in turn, countered employee criticism and said moderators receive help in dealing with their mental health. “We recognize that reviewing content can be a difficult task, so we work with partners who support their employees through training and psychological support when working with challenging content,” the company said.

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