reporters and editorial staff to its Microsoft News and MSN organizations.
Layoffs are part of Microsoft’s larger push to rely on artificial intelligence
to pick up news and content on MSN.com, within Microsoft’s Edge browser, and
across the company’s various Microsoft News apps.
of Microsoft’s SANE (search, ads, News, Edge) division, and are contracted as
human editors to help pick stories.
our business on a regular basis,” said Microsoft’s spokesperson in a
statement. “This can lead to increased investment in some places and, from
time to time, re-deployment in others. Those decisions are not the result of
the current pandemic.
are not directly related to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, media companies
around the world have been hit hard by advertising revenue plummeting across TV
, newspapers, online, and more.