Microsoft has laid down hundreds of editors and production staff at its companies: Microsoft News and MSN. The layoffs are part of Microsoft’s bigger push to rely on artificial intelligence to pick news and content for MSN.com. Many of the workers affected are part of the SANE (search, ads, News, Edge) division of Microsoft, and are contracted as human editors to help pick stories.
“Like all companies, we evaluate our business on a regular basis,” a spokesperson for Microsoft said in a statement. ” 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.”
Although Microsoft says the cuts are not directly related to the current coronavirus pandemic, media businesses have been hit hard due to the pandemic.