A recent ruling by a Kenyan court has declared that Meta (formerly known as Facebook) is the main employer of content moderators who are suing the company along with its content review partner, Sama, for wrongful dismissal.
The court dismissed Meta’s attempt to distance itself from the case, stating that the moderators performed work for Meta using its technology and adhering to its standards.
The court considered Sama to be an agent or manager acting on behalf of Meta, although Sama disputed this claim, asserting that Meta is its client and Sama does not have legal authority to act on Meta’s behalf.
Meta has not responded to requests for comment on the matter.
This ruling comes as a setback for Meta, as it had been trying to disassociate itself from the lawsuit by denying that it was the employer of the content moderators.
As part of its decision, the court ordered that the moderators’ contracts be extended and prohibited Meta and Sama from terminating their employment while the case is ongoing.
The court determined that there was no justifiable reason for the redundancies and concluded that the job of content moderation was still available.
As a result, the moderators will continue working under the existing or improved terms during the interim period.