Dozens of Facebook contractors lost their jobs after an algorithm reportedly chose them ‘at random’

A company hired by Meta recently notified dozens of its workers that their work for Facebook would be “taken away soon,” according to a from insider. The cuts affect about 60 employees at Accenture, a firm that oversees teams of Facebook moderators and other contractors.

The reasons for the cuts are unclear as workers were not given an explanation for the changes. Corresponding insiderWorkers were briefed on the news during a hastily scheduled video call, during which unnamed Accenture representatives told contractors they had been “selected at random” via an algorithm.

Facebook declined to comment insider and an Accenture representative denied that “redundancy actions” had taken place. The affected workers were reportedly told they could reapply and interview for new positions within the company.

The cuts come as Meta faces unprecedented challenges to its business and its advertising business is impacted amid an economic downturn. The company, which recently reported losing billions of dollars in its virtual reality division for the first time in its history, already has drastic plans and has urged executives to scrap. The company also cut some of its notoriously extravagant employee perks, like on-site laundry services, earlier this year. Meta employees are reportedly concerned that the company could cut its workforce so severely that the company has previously denied planning any mass layoffs.

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