The parking space for Microsoft News reads "trustworthy news that is handpicked by editors." But these editors could soon become robots.
This emerges from a report by Business insider Detailed layoff information at Microsoft News, the company's news content arm that operates MSN.com and other properties. The move affected around 50 contractors.
"Like all companies, we regularly evaluate our business," said a Microsoft spokesman in a statement. “This can lead to increased investment in some locations and re-deployment in others. These decisions are not the result of the current pandemic. "
Business Insider cited sources that Microsoft is heading for an "AI-driven system for selecting news and away from human editors for MSN.com". Microsoft News joined Bing, the company's search arm, earlier this year as part of a reorganization.
Using robots to decide which headlines and stories readers see is a subject of intense debate as technology giants like Facebook and YouTube deal with similar dilemmas for their feeds.
MSN goes back to Windows 95. Microsoft is partnering with thousands of publishers and news organizations to operate its news platform, which has nearly 500 million monthly users in 140 countries across the web, mobile, and email.
Editor's Note: This story has been updated to reflect the job cuts.