Isn’t this just utterly appalling?

An army of Facebook workers are tasked with removing terror-related material
MoS investigation reveals that Facebook has hired young Filipinos to do the job
Hundreds of them – some of who have limited English – earn just £1.36 an hour

At which point we’ve got to put that £1.36 an hour into some sort of perspective. GDP per capita in the Philippines is some $3,000 a year. Meaning that someone working full time (2,000 hours a year) will be earning, at £1.36, more than GDP per capita. £1.20 is what is needed to make that.

In British terms that’s like being paid £34,000 a year.

No, absolutely not, this does not buy the same lifestyle, not at all. But relative to local earnings that’s the same.

And that’s not bad, is it?

10 thoughts on “Isn’t this just utterly appalling?”

  1. Bloke in Germany

    GDP per capita includes the millions of people in rural nowhere on a subsist and barter economy. As in the west it isn’t any longer a good guide to what money you need to survive in a city. The wage sounds low for doing anything offshored in English in Manila*. I suspect some churnalistically rong numbaz here, or an outlier.

    *It could just about plausibly be a starting salary. Even then both Farceberk and the employee are doubtless being ripped off hugely by some fat management consultancy. Like in India, entry-level outsourced jobs are pretty badly paid and people move around a lot to get raises.

  2. I’m not sure the point being made is one of exploitation, but that people being paid £1.36 an hour and with limited English won’t be very good at spotting terrorist material.

    Though as presumably much of this material will be in Arabic the English bit won’t be that important.

  3. Bloke in North Dorset

    It more likely they’ll be looking for the more serious crime of hate speech by white English speakers.

  4. Having worked and lived in the Philippines in and off for nearly 40 years I can tell you that £1:36 is a reasonable pay. In rural areas £1:36 is closer to a daily rate.

  5. So Much For Subtlety

    I am pretty appalled Facebook has gone Full SJW and is trying to drive conservatives off the site.

    The rest is detail. They do not – or at least they are very slow to – delete Islamist material. They will purge anyone on the Right. So f**k ’em. The sooner they die the better.

  6. Bloke in Germany

    If they gourd enough people prepared to work for that amount then it isn’t low, it’s the right amount.

  7. Bloke in Wiltshire


    Mastodon might be the future – multiple competing social networks that can also connect. Don’t like the politics of one, leave and go and join another. I’m thinking of setting up an instance if there’s any demand…

  8. Word from my buddy in Manila is that 680 PHP/day (assuming 8 hour day) is a really good starting salary for basic IT-type work, would indicate it’s a good company to work for.

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