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Snap is the latest major tech company to bring the hammer down on remote work: CEO Evan Spiegel told employees this week that they will be expected to work from the office 80% of the time starting in February.

Per the announcement, the Santa Monica-based company’s full-time workers will be required to work from the office four or more days per week, though off-site client meetings would count towards their in-office time. This policy, which Spiegel dubbed “default together,” applies to employees in all 30 of the company's global offices, and the company is working on an exceptions process for those that wish to continue working remotely. Snap’s abrupt change follows other major tech firms, including Apple, which began its hybrid policy requiring employees to be in the office at least three days per week in September, and Twitter, which axed remote work completely after Elon Musk’s takeover (though he did temporarily close offices amid a slew of resignations in mid-November).

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Andria Moore

Snap’s 523 accelerator is a 12-month program that aims to support and elevate content creators from underrepresented groups. But is it worth it?

According to Paula Hughes, head of digital at TOGETHXR, a Los Angeles-based lifestyle, culture, sports media and commerce company, what really makes 523 shine is that the program is also providing creators with resources. “Whether that's workshops or they're giving you production means and giving you actual tangible ways to make this content happen,” Hughes tells dot.LA.

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