Today’s “Tech Confessional” in BuzzFeed’s FWD tech blog is the stuff of nightmares. Reyhan Harmanci talked with a one-time Google contract worker who told of what sounds like a truly horrifying year dealing with the very worst of the Internet. The unnamed techie basically had to wade through the more hellish aspects of human nature every day, viewing “bestiality, necrophilia, body mutilations (gore, shock, beheadings, suicides), explicit fetishes (like diaper porn) and child pornography.”
As he told BuzzFeed, the anonymous tech guy suffered for his work:
I had no one to talk to. I couldn’t bring it home to my girlfriend because I didn’t want to burden her with this bullshit. For seven, eight, nine months, I was looking at this kind of stuff and thinking I was fine, but it was putting me in a really dark place.
How did the search giant, famed for its amenities and happy fun-time working environment, help this guy? They let him go when his contract was done and “covered one session with a government-appointed therapist.” Nice, Google.
In Google’s defense, the anonymous worker told BuzzFeed that they did encourage him to get further help–once they let him go.