Workers in Kenya who were involved in content moderation for OpenAI's ChatGPT have filed a petition urging lawmakers to investigate the outsourcing practices of big tech companies in the country. The workers, employed by Sama, a company facing litigation over alleged exploitation and labor issues, claim they were exposed to harmful content without proper support, leading to severe mental health problems. The petition calls for regulations to protect workers engaged in such content moderation and to regulate the outsourcing of harmful technology. Sama, which provides services to companies like Google and Microsoft, has expressed willingness to work with the Kenyan government and undergo third-party audits to ensure fair working conditions. OpenAI acknowledged the challenging nature of the work and stated that it had established ethical and wellness standards for its data annotators.
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