Microsoft plans to give journalists the boot and replace them with robots

Ruben Fields
June 2, 2020

The Seattle Times and The Guardian report that Microsoft is letting go of dozens of news contractors (about 50 in the United States, 27 in the UK) after June 30th due to a shift to AI news production on MSN. The firm said these positions will be replaced by artificial intelligence, reported The Seattle Times.

The news articles posted on the website of Microsoft allow the company to share advertising revenue with the original publishers of the news content.

"Like all companies, we evaluate our business on a regular basis", a Microsoft spokesperson said in a statement. Dis fit result to increased investment in some places and, from time to time, redeployment in odas. It stressed that the contractor job cuts were "not the result of the current pandemic".

"It's been semi-automated for a few months but now it's full speed ahead, " one of the terminated contractors told The Seattle Times. This includes using algorithms to sources trending news stories and optimising the content by rewriting the headline or adding different images or slide shows.

Microsoft said it was part of an evaluation of its business. It appears that almost 80 contractors in the United States and the United Kingdom are getting let go, and robots will replace them entirely. Notably, other teams are also expected to be affected by Microsoft's decision to automate the curation of its news sites.

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The question of whether or not machines would end up replacing human beings thereby rendering them unemployed is one that has been floated for quite some time now, ever since the industrial revolution wherein mechanization began to become a great deal more common than it might have seemed otherwise.

AI Will Now Produce News Stories, Changing Lots of MSN Website and Edge Web Browser Reporters.

Some of the curators whose contracts will not be renewed warn that inappropriate stories could end up on the site as AI may not be familiar with MSN's strict editorial guidelines.

Tech giant Microsoft is looking to lay off editorial workers at its Microsoft News and MSN services. It is important for a company like Microsoft to verify the credibility of the news before publishing on popular portals like MSN.

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