Microsoft is laying off at least 50 journalists and replacing them with AI-based algorithms to perform their editorial duties, The Seattle Times reported.
These news production contractors work with Microsoft News, the company’s news content arm that operates msn.com and other properties.
Their work includes curating of stories from news organizations,rewrite headlines, adding better photographs or slideshows for the MSN website.
Besides the production work, the contract employees also plan content, maintain the editorial calendars of partner news websites and assign content to them.
Microsoft said it was a part of an evaluation of its business. It said in a statement: “Like all companies, we evaluate our business on a regular basis. This can result in increased investment in some places and, from time to time, redeployment in others. These decisions are not the result of the current pandemic.”