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Some Facebook moderators can work from home following protests

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Meta’s in-house staff won’t have to return to the office for months, but some of its contracted workers are only now getting a similar reprieve. BuzzFeed News has learned subcontractor Accenture has scrapped a requirement that hundreds of Facebook moderators return to in-person work in Mountain View, California on January 24th. The original plan, provided to moderators in late December, would have forced roughly 400 people to work in close proximity while COVID-19’s highly infectious Omicron variant is likely to still be rampant.

The announcement led to public and private protests over the decision, including “nearly a dozen” threats to resign, BuzzFeed said. The moderators said it was impossible to maintain Accenture’s social distancing requirements given tightly packed offices, closed stairwells, and poor enforcement, and that the company didn’t provide exemptions for immunocompromised workers or vulnerable family members.

An Accenture spokesperson…

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