TikTok is again being sued by content moderators claiming to be traumatized by their work.
Two content moderators, Ashley Velez and Reece Young, on Thursday, sued the popular short-form video app and its China-based parent company ByteDance in California federal court. They are seeking in excess of $5 million in damages, and to receive class-action status so “thousands” more moderators can join the lawsuit overwork they claim is traumatic.
The complaint also alleged TikTok failed to offer a typical “standard of care” under the circumstances. The two moderators say they had to spot videos of murder, necrophilia and bestiality with no mental health support. TikTok removed tens of millions of videos last year for violating platform rules.