Microsoft sacks journalists to replace them with robots

Microsoft replace editors with AI at Microsoft News - MSPoweruser

The tech giant now contracts several dozen journalists to select and curate news stories that appear on MSN and its Edge internet browser.

It explained that it was part of an evaluation of its business.

Microsoft, like some other tech companies, pays news organisations to use their content on its website. Full-time news producers employed by Microsoft directly and who perform similar functions will remain on staff.

According to local media reports, those affected are contract employees working as curators for the company's news website, MSN.

Microsoft na one of many tech companies wey dey experiment with different ways of so-called robot journalism to cut costs.

Some journalists wey dem sack warn say artificial intelligence fit no too know correct editorial guidelines, and fit end up allowing tori wey no follow.


The journalists don't produce any original content for MSN. This can result in increased investment in some places and, from time to time, re-deployment in others.

Right now, na journalists dey bring togeda stories from news organisations and selection of headlines and pictures for di MSN site.

The fact that news was being manually curated, so far, ensured that headlines were clear and accurate, "encouraging the spread of political opinions and avoiding untrustworthy stories, while highlighting interesting articles from smaller outlets". "These decisions are not the result of the current pandemic", a Microsoft spokesperson said.

A spokesperson for the company said: "We are in the process of winding down the Microsoft team working at PA, and we are doing everything we can to support the individuals concerned". Google has also begun funding automated news projects and designing training resources for journalists to incorporate AI into their newsrooms.

"It is demoralising to think machines can replace us but there you go", the unnamed employee said, according to the medium.

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