Last Updated on August 19, 2022
According to Business Insider, 60 different contractors working with Facebook were informed they were losing their contracts with the massive tech company because an algorithm randomly picked them to be a part of the company’s next round of layoffs.
Dozens of employees at Accenture, a company that provides contract workers for Facebook, reportedly lost their jobs due to this dystopian method.
According to the Business Insider report, laid-off employees would have their contracts ended as soon as September 2nd. These employees could reapply to work with Accenture clients like Facebook (Meta) but there was no guarantee they would be hired.
Insider reported the bad news of the layoffs was brought to the attention of the employees in a Tuesday video meeting and Wednesday follow-up phone call. One of the fired employees claimed the names of the individuals being fired and even the names of Accenture representatives leading the call were redacted or not introduced.
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The employee told Insider that Accenture representatives told the disgruntled employees that they were being terminated at random with the help of “an algorithm.”
Richard Keil, an Accenture spokesman, disputed the algorithm rumors. “We don’t use algorithms to randomly select people,” he told Insider. Keil also claimed that the Accenture representatives leading the conference call did in fact introduce their names.
The Accenture lay-offs come after Mark Zuckerberg, the CEO of Meta (formerly Facebook), said last month the company’s digital advertising revenue has not been as profitable as anticipated. Recent quarterly earnings reports for Meta have also been lower than expected.
“Realistically, there are probably a bunch of people at the company who shouldn’t be here,” Zuckerberg said in a company-wide meeting on June 30th.
Stay tuned to National File for any updates.