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Microsoft sacked Journalists to replace them with robots

According to the US and UK media reports, Microsoft will replace multiple contract journalists on its MSN website and use AI-enabled automated systems to show news stories.

Currently, the curation of stories from various news publishers is done by journalists for the MSN site. AI-enabled automated systems will now perform these tasks, reported Seattle Times. Microsoft says it was part of an evaluation of its business.

Microsoft giant 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.”

News organizations usually monetize their content through platforms like Google, Microsoft, Yahoo, Bing, and more. 

Journalists are hired to decide which headline and stories should be presented on the home screen. 

The Seattle Times reported, around 50 contract news producers are about to lose their jobs by the end of June. A team of full-time journalists will still remain and do their job. 

“It’s demoralising to think machines can replace us but there you go,” one of those facing redundancy told the paper.

Journalists have warned that AI won’t be familiar with the strict editorial guidelines and may end up giving inappropriate stories a pass. 

The Guardian reported, 27 of the journalists losing their jobs were employed by the UK’s PA Media.

One journalist said: “I spend all my time reading about how automation and AI is going to take all our jobs – now it’s taken mine.”

Microsoft and Google are experimenting with this so-called AI-enabled journalism to cut costs. Multiple artificial intelligence software has already emerged which can write human-like content. 

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