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Facebook contractor speaks out about the 'messy' end to their job

Jordan Parker Erb   

Facebook contractor speaks out about the 'messy' end to their job
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A Facebook contractor took us inside the "messy" termination of their job, and DTC darling Warby Parker just cut dozens of corporate roles.

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1. Inside the "messy" end of a Facebook contractor's job. Many contractors in Austin, Texas recently lost their jobs after seeing perks evaporate, their work habits monitored intensely, and being put on more performance-improvement plans, Insider has learned.

  • Facebook has a $500 million a year deal with Accenture to provide hourly content moderation and business-integrity services. People contracted through Accenture began being laid off late last month, according to a former worker whose role was eliminated.
  • Before the layoffs, Accenture workers had access to perks like breakfast, gas reimbursement, and a food stipend for weekend work. But by late April and early May, contractors started seeing Facebook roll back some of these perks.
  • Productivity trackers used to oversee and log contractors' work became more "intense," one worker told Insider, adding "I really wasn't expecting it all."

Everything else the contract worker told us.

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8. One of the biggest textbook publishers is mulling a move to the blockchain. Pearson is looking for a way to earn a cut on resold textbooks — and its CEO said moving to the blockchain and NFTs could give the company some sales from resold books. More on the future of textbooks.

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Curated by Jordan Parker Erb in New York. (Feedback or tips? Email or tweet @jordanparkererb.) Edited by Hallam Bullock (tweet @hallam_bullock) in London.