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Stressed-out Facebook monitors forced to toil in filth: report

The contract workers tasked with keeping Facebook free of disturbing content — including beheadings and child pornography — are often forced to toil in unsafe, filthy working conditions, a new report has found. Employees at a Tampa, Fla., office of Cognizant, an agency Facebook contracts to police the content on its platform, say their sole office bathroom is often smeared in feces and menstrual blood, while their shared work stations are regularly littered with pubic hairs, boogers, nail clippings and other bodily wastes. “Every bit of that building was absolutely disgusting,” former employee Melynda Johnson told The Verge. “You’d go in the bathroom and there would be period blood and poop all over the place. It smelled ...