Meta warned workers to evolve: now it randomly fires them with an algorithm

Meta warned workers to evolve: now it randomly fires them with an algorithm

Metaplatforms Inc META, formerly known as Facebook, told employees in June that it plans not only to reduce its hiring target, but that it will “turn it up” on employees through tighter performance management to weed out underperforming employees.

If turning up the heat wasn’t enough, the Mark Zuckerberg-run company randomly fired 60 employees using an algorithm, Business Insider reported.

What happened: The contractual partners work together with Facebook

Accenture Plc ACN, which provides Facebook contract workers for various hourly tasks.

When an employee asked how the layoffs came about, Accenture officials said “an algorithm” helped randomly select the employees, the report says.

Insiders said Accenture did not give employees replacement positions immediately, instead instructing them to reapply for any positions that became available over the following two weeks.

The future former employees were informed via video conference that they will be unemployed from September 2nd and the pay will end on October 3rd.

The layoffs follow a company-wide Q&A in June, at which Zuckerberg outlined Meta’s plans for the remainder of the year.

“If I had to bet, I’d say this could be one of the worst downturns we’ve seen in recent history,” the tech CEO told Meta staffers at the Q&A session.
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“Realistically, there’s probably a lot of people at the company who shouldn’t be here,” he said, according to multiple reports.

Why it matters: The social media company began austerity plans a few months ago as it first lost around 500,000 users in late 2021.

Meta expects sales to fall this year, partly due to the Russia-Ukraine war.

Additionally, in early 2022, Meta said it expects to lose $10 billion in revenue as a result of iOS’ new privacy settings apple inc AAPL.

Algorithmic dismissals are not new; Xsollaa payments processing company serving the gaming industry, used an algorithm to lay off 150 employees in August last year.

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