Microsoft cuts MSN Information staffers in Transfer toward AI editors

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SEATTLE — Microsoft cut heaps of full-time staffers out of its MSN news support, continuing an initiative to steer from individual editors in favor of artificial intelligence.

The shift comes six months after the tech giant advised about 50 news generation contractors their tenures in MSN wouldn’t survive beyond June 30.

A Microsoft spokesperson told The Seattle Times that the firm eliminated”a small number” of jobs Monday across various sections, such as MSN, but wouldn’t offer certain numbers.

Since 2014, MSN has whittled down its initial news-gathering operation, rather partnering with other information websites and paying them to redistribute their content.

The Guardian reported that the business’s AI applications in early June perplexed two mixed-race listeners in the British group Little Mix.

Thirlwall quickly lent her displeasure on Instagram. “@MSN If you are planning to copy and paste content from other authentic media outlets, you may need to be certain that you’re using a picture of the properly combined race member of this group,” she wrote, adding: “It disturbs me that you could not distinguish both girls of color from four members of some bunch… DO BETTER!”