Tesla workers at the company’s Buffalo Gigafactory have filed a complaint with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) accusing Twitter of “shadowbanning” their newly made union account. The workers claimed that their Twitter account was hidden from search results after they announced their intention to unionize on February 14th.
According to Vice News, the workers’ tweets stopped appearing in search results by the next day, indicating that their account had been shadowbanned. The workers have accused Tesla CEO Elon Musk and/or his agents and representatives of causing the shadowban.
Workers Accuse Tesla of Keystroke-Tracking
The workers behind this particular campaign are in charge of labeling data from Tesla’s Autopilot technology. They previously told Bloomberg that they’re asking the company not just for better pay, but also for better working conditions. The workers said Tesla monitors their keystrokes to determine how much time they spend on each task and that they’ve had to skip bathroom breaks as a result. They also accused the company of illegally terminating employees “in retaliation for… and to discourage union activity.”
In response to the workers’ allegations, Tesla said that the terminated Autopilot employees were low performers and that the company only implements time monitoring “to calculate how long it takes to label an image,” so “there is nothing to be gained by delaying bathroom breaks.”
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