Source: Business Insider
Pete Buttigieg’s campaign hired gig workers using Amazon’s Mechanical Turk, a platform notorious for low pay. The decision appears at odds with Buttigieg’s campaign message that gig workers deserve the protections and wages of full-time employees. Mechanical Turk, or MTurk, lets employers set their price for specific tasks that gig workers can choose to take on, allowing payments as low as 1 cent per task. Buttigieg’s campaign has said that it paid gig workers above the minimum wage for tasks that lasted 2-3 minutes. Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories. Pete Buttigieg’s presidential campaign hired gig workers using Amazon Mechanical Turk, a platform that’s infamous for low pay, despite Buttigieg’s campaign promise to improve pay and protections for gig workers. The campaign’s payments through Mechanical Turk, first reported by The Intercept , totaled more than $20,000 throughout August and September for “polling” gigs, according to Federal Elections Commission records .