A group of about 60 contractors working with Facebook learned during a video conference call this week that they were fired after an algorithm “randomly” selected them.
Those affected are employees of the US company Accenture, which places temporary workers on Facebook. Accenture has a $500 million-a-year deal with the social media giant.
The company recently told some of its employees that their work on the social network “will be ending soon,” Business Insider reported.
According to Business Insider All 60 people were told they had been “randomly” chosen by an algorithm to be fired, with no reason givenafter a worker asked how the decision was made.
They also noted that they could “reapply” for any new position over the next two weeks, but their current position would end on September 2. They were also promised payment by October 3rd.
The employees, who work part-time for the tech giant and help Facebook moderate business integrity content and services, were notified of their termination on Tuesday by anonymous officials from the contractor.
The CEO of Meta, Mark Zuckerberg warned last month that the company was facing a difficult timeso he planned not only to lower his hiring target, but also to “boost” performance management to weed out underperforming employees.
The company posted a historic 1% drop in earnings in the second quarter of 2022 compared to the same period in 2021.
“Realistically, there’s probably a group of people at the company who shouldn’t be here,” Zuckerberg said.
“Part of my hope is that I think some of you might decide that this place isn’t for you and that I’m okay with that self-selection by raising the expectations and having more aggressive goals and just the Heat turn it up a little. ‘ he stressed. .
(With information from RT in Spanish)