A Kenyan court has ruled that Meta (formerly Facebook) is the primary employer of content moderators who sued the company and its content review partner, Sama, for unlawful dismissal. The court stated that the moderators performed work for Meta, used its technology, and followed its guidelines, making Meta the principal employer. Sama, however, disputed this and claimed to be acting as an agent for Meta. The ruling is a setback for Meta, which has tried to distance itself from the case. The court extended the moderators' contracts, preventing Meta and Sama from laying them off until the case is resolved. The moderators, hailing from various African countries, accused Sama of firing them unlawfully without proper notices and termination benefits. Meta and Sama face two other lawsuits in Kenya, one involving labor and human trafficking allegations and the other related to safety measures on Facebook during the Tigray War in Ethiopia.
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