Microsoft is saying goodbye to several journalists and editorial workers at its Microsoft News and MSN organizations.
The procedure is part of a more significant movement from Microsoft, which aims to rely heavily on artificial intelligence to pick the news and related content that will ultimately get posted on their proprietary websites, the Edge browser, and the company’s suite of news apps.
Many of the affected workers are members of Microsoft’s search, News, Edge, and ad divisions.
Could this be the first step towards a grim future? Estimates say that AI will replace more than 30% of the currently available jobs in a matter of decades.
Microsoft has recently stated that it evaluates its business regularly, just like all other companies.
“This can result in increased investment in some places and, from time to time, re-deployment in others. These decisions are not the result of the current pandemic,” an official spokesperson stated.
While the company claims that the layoffs aren’t directly correlated to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, media distributors worldwide have been affected by advertising profits plummeting across all possible channels.
Business Insider first wrote about the layoffs on Friday and revealed that about fifty jobs are affected in the United States.
The Microsoft News job scandal also affects international teams, as it was reported by The Guardian, who wrote that about 27 are being let go in the United Kingdom after Microsoft has decided to stop hiring humans to administrate articles from homepages.
Microsoft is a big player in the news game, as it has been activating for over 25 years with its MSN service that dates back to 1995.
At the launch of Microsoft News approximately two years ago, the company claimed it had “more than 800 editors working from 50 locations around the world.”