Editor’s note: This story has been updated with new information about CERN’s rationale for moving away from Facebook Workplace.
Research organization CERN will replace Facebookâ€™s Workplace with an open-source alternative after deciding not to move to a new free version of the collaboration software that would eliminate enterprise management features.
CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research, first rolled out Workplaceâ€™s free Standard version in 2016.
The organization has since been testing the premium version of the enterprise social network with staff, including CERNâ€™s HR and IT teams. About 1,000 staffers currently use Workplace, with around 150 active weekly users on the platform.Â