Moderators to take Facebook to court for ‘psychological trauma’

The Personal Injuries Assessment Board has given the go-ahead to a group of former content moderators to serve proceedings against Facebook in the High Court.

It is understood that more than five former moderators are seeking damages for personal injuries caused by the disturbing content they were exposed to during their employment by CPL in Dublin, on behalf of Facebook.

“The Personal Injuries Assessment Board has commenced authorising the issuing of High Court proceedings against Facebook,” said Diane Treanor, solicitor with Dublin law firm Coleman Legal Partners, who is representing the moderators.

Under section 17 of the Personal Injuries Assessment Board Act 2003, if a plaintiff’s injury consists of psychological damage that would be difficult to assess by the board, it can give permission for the claim to be pursued through the courts.

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