A Kenyan court has ruled that Meta is the primary employer of content moderators suing the social media giant and its content review partner in Africa, Sama, for unlawful dismissal. The 184 moderators, in the suit filed in March this year, also alleged that Meta’s new content review partner on the continent, Majorel, had blacklisted them on instruction by Meta.
Justice Byram Ongaya of Kenya’s employment and labor relations court on Friday watered down the social media giant’s plan to recuse itself from the case saying the moderators did Meta’s work, used its technology for the work, as well as adhered to its performance, and accuracy metrics. The court said that Sama was “merely an agent…or manager.” Sama disputed this saying “Meta is a client of Sama’s and Sama is not legally empowered to act on behalf of Meta.”
Meta has not replied to a request for comment.
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