Microsoft is going to lay off dozens of editors of news services for Microsoft News and MSN. For the processing and tracking of material in other media will now meet AI system.
In the US, the work will lose about 50 people, according to Business Insider. Reductions will affect employees international publications. According to The Guardian, in the UK the contract is not extended with 27 journalists hired by the Agency Media PA.
Replacing people with robots is associated with the “revaluation of the business,” explained Microsoft. “This process can lead to growth of investments in the same sector and restructuring in others,” said the company. This alone emphasizes that layoffs have no relation to the impact of the pandemic coronavirus infection COVID-19.
Microsoft came in the news business for more than 25 years ago by launching a portal MSN (Microsoft Network) in 1995. Launching a news aggregator Microsoft News two years ago, the company has announced that their services work “more than 800 editors 50 Regina around the world.”
On the website of MSN, the Microsoft Edge and Microsoft News is not published original content. Journalists who have got under reduction, did not write notes, and tracked materials in other media, selected topics, change the titles and pictures that fit the format of Microsoft services.