Oireachtas Joint and Select Committees

Wednesday, 19 May 2021

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation

Online Content Moderation and Reactivation of Economy: Discussion

Photo of Marie SherlockMarie Sherlock (Labour)
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I thank the Tánaiste for coming to our hearing today.

As previous speakers have said, last week we heard powerful testimony from Ms Isabella Plunkett on her work for Facebook as a content moderator, and particularly about the culture of fear that is perpetrated within the company with workers being forced to sign non-disclosure agreements. I must record my alarm that the company in question happens to be a subsidiary of a company that is in receipt of very significant State contracts.

With regard to what the Government can do on this, I seek the Tánaiste's view of non-disclosure agreements, the withholding of those from workers and whether they should be published. Also, should content moderation be regulated as hazardous activity? Should content moderation be recognised in the health and safety regulation of this country?