A group of about 60 contractors working with Facebook learned they were fired this week after being “randomly” selected by an algorithm.
The layoffs are the latest example of big tech reining in spending and hiring, as Apple fired about 100 recruiters just days ago.
Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg also recently said he will weed out underperforming employees with “aggressive performance reviews” as the company prepares for a deep economic downturn.
The contractors will be employed through Accenture in their Austin office, a company that has a contract worth nearly half a billion dollars a year to staff the company with content moderation and business integrity staff.
The layoffs were announced during a video conference Tuesday, and Accenture didn’t immediately offer them new jobs or transfers, according to Business Insider.
When asked by , a Facebook spokesman said: “Thanks for the inquiry but we have no comment”.
A group of about 60 contractors working with Metas Facebook through Accenture learned they were fired after being “randomly” selected by an algorithm
Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg also recently said he will weed out underperforming employees with “aggressive performance reviews” as the company prepares for a deep economic downturn
The contractors will be employed through Accenture in their Austin office, a company that has a contract worth nearly half a billion dollars a year to staff the company with content moderation and business integrity staff
Contractors have been told they can “reapply” for any new job available over the next two weeks, but their current work will stop by September 2 and be paid until October 3.
Accenture officials, intriguingly told a worker who asked how the layoffs came about, that an algorithm randomly selected employees and gave no specific reason why employees’ jobs were downsized.
It’s not the first time employees have lost their jobs to algorithms. In August 2021, Xsolla — a company that provides payment processing for the gaming industry — fired 150 people who an algorithm deemed “not engaged and unproductive,” according to Game Developer.
In June, Zuckerberg said the company would “turn it up” on performance management to weed out employees who are unable to achieve more aggressive goals.
“Realistically, there’s probably a lot of people at the company who shouldn’t be here,” he said.
“Part of my hope in raising the expectations and having more aggressive targets and turning up the heat a bit is that I think some of you might decide this place isn’t for you and that self-selection is OK with me.” “, he said.
Last month, Meta said it would pause hiring and cut hiring plans by 30 percent for new engineers
Apple has reportedly fired many of its contract-based recruiters after warning it would slow hiring and curb spending. CEO Tim Cook is seen above
Apple, headquartered in Cupertino, California (above), employed about 154,000 full-time employees as of the last report
Alphabet CEO Sundar Pichai told employees the company would “slow the pace of hiring” for the remainder of the year.
In May, Meta said it would pause hiring, and at the Q&A session, Zuckerberg said he would cut hiring plans for new engineers by 30 percent — instead of the original plan of hiring 10,000, Meta would hire between 6,000 and 7,000.
Apple has fired many of its contract-based recruiters after warning it would slow hiring and curb spending, according to a new report.
In the past week, Apple has laid off about 100 contractors responsible for screening and hiring new employees, people familiar with the matter told Bloomberg on Monday.
Last month, Apple reportedly warned employees about plans to slow hiring and spending growth in some business areas over the next year.
In May, Tesla CEO Elon Musk announced plans to lay off 10 percent of employees, saying he had “a super bad feeling about the economy.”
Netflix, which has struggled with two straight quarters of net subscriber losses, cut staff by 150 in May and another 300 in June.
Google parent Alphabet also said last month that it would slow the pace of hiring for the rest of the year.
Amazon is reportedly shedding its hourly workforce through attrition and recently halted construction of six new office buildings in Bellevue and Nashville.