Microsoft fires journalists to replace them with AI


Microsoft is laying off dozens of journalists and editorial workers in its Microsoft News and MSN organizations. The layoffs are part of a further push by Microsoft to rely on artificial intelligence to collect the news and content presented on, within Microsoft’s Edge browser and in the company’s various Microsoft News applications.

Many of the affected workers are part of Microsoft’s SANE (search, announcements, news, edge) division, and are hired as human editors to help choose stories.

“Like all companies, we evaluate our business on a regular basis,” a Microsoft spokesperson says in a statement. “This can lead to increased investment in some places and, from time to time, redeployment in others. These decisions are not the result of the current pandemic. “

While Microsoft says the layoffs aren’t directly related to the current coronavirus pandemic, media companies around the world have been hit hard by ad revenue plummeting on television, in newspapers, online, and more.

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