Facebook’s Meta Randomly Fires 60 Contractors By Using An Algorithm? Can Re-Apply For Jobs Later

Facebook’s Meta Randomly Fires 60 Contractors By Using An Algorithm? Can Re-Apply For Jobs Later

A group of roughly 60 Facebook contractors were informed this week that they had been fired after being selected “at random” by an algorithm. The layoffs are the most recent illustration of Big Tech cutting back on spending and hiring; only recently, Apple let go of approximately 100 recruiters.

As the corporation prepares for a severe economic downturn, Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg reportedly stated he will filter out failing employees with “tough performance reviews.” The contractors are employed by Accenture in their Austin office, which has a contract worth close to $500 million annually to staff the corporation with personnel skilled in corporate integrity and content moderation.

According to Business Insider, Accenture did not immediately offer the employees other jobs or transfers after the layoffs were disclosed during a video conference call on Tuesday.

For the next two weeks, the contractors were told they may “reapply” for any newly open positions, but their present employment would end on September 2 and they would still be paid through October 3.

When a worker questioned how the layoffs were made, Accenture executives startlingly said that an algorithm picked people at random and provided no explanation for why the employees’ positions were being eliminated.

It’s not the first time an algorithm has resulted in an employee losing their job. According to Game Developer, 150 people were fired by Xsolla, a company that provides payment processing for the gaming industry, in August 2021 after an algorithm found they were “unengaged and unproductive.”

In order to weed out staff members unable to reach more challenging targets, Zuckerberg stated in June that the business would be “turning up the heat” on performance management.

Realistically, he remarked, “a lot of individuals at the company really shouldn’t be here.” I think some of you might decide that this place isn’t for you, and that self-selection is OK with me, so part of my hope by raising expectations, having more aggressive goals, and just kind of turning up the heat a little bit, he added.

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Zuckerberg indicated he would reduce plans to hire new engineers by 30%; rather than the initial goal to hire 10,000, Meta would hire between 6,000 and 7,000. In May, Meta announced it would suspend hiring, and at the Q&A session, Zuckerberg said he would do the same.

According to a recent report, Apple has fired a large number of its contract-based recruiters after announcing that it will reduce spending and slow hiring.

According to persons familiar with the situation, Apple fired approximately 100 contractors last week who were in charge of screening and hiring new employees, according to Bloomberg on Monday. Apple reportedly informed personnel last month of plans to reduce recruiting and spending growth in several areas next year.

Elon Musk, the CEO of Tesla, indicated in May that the company will be laying off 10% of its paid employees because he had “a extremely awful feeling about the economy.”

With two consecutive quarters of net subscriber losses, Netflix reduced its workforce by 150 in May and by another 300 in June.

The company that owns Google, Alphabet, also said last month that it will cut down recruiting for the remainder of the year.

Amazon apparently stopped developing six new office buildings in Bellevue and Nashville and is purportedly reducing the number of hourly workers in its ranks through attrition.

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