Microsoft is replacing its journalists with AI

June 8th
Microsoft News Editors at Delhi Media Center (Microsoft)

Microsoft is letting go at least 77 people in various news and sales related positions and replace them with AI.

According to The Guardian, the employees let go include editors and journalists who maintain the Microsoft News and the Edge browser homepages. The work did not involve writing original news articles, but focused instead on aggregation and selecting key articles that represented wider news topics.

At the time of its announcement in 2018, Microsoft News had 800 editors.

"I spend all my time reading about how automation and AI is going to take all our jobs," one employee said, "and here I am – AI has taken my job."

Even back at its announcement, Microsoft News relied heavily on AI, according to the company:

Every day, our publishing partners send us more than 100,000 unique pieces of content. Our AI scans the content as it arrives, processes it to understand dimensions like freshness, category, topic type, opinion content and potential popularity and then presents it for our editors. Our algorithms suggest appropriate photos to pair with content to help bring stories to life. Editors then curate the top stories throughout the day, across a variety of topics, so our readers get the latest news from the best sources.