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Facebook’s chief technology officer made the ‘tough decision’ to step down in 2022

Facebook’s Chief Technology Officer Mike Schroepfer has made the “difficult decision” to step down from his role, he announced Wednesday.

Schroepfer, who has worked for the social network for 13 years and oversees its work in artificial intelligence (AI), virtual reality and blockchain, said he will join the company next year as Facebook’s first senior partner. Will switch to part time role. .

“It’s a difficult decision because of how much I love Facebook and how excited I am about the future,” Schroepfer wrote on his Facebook profile.

“This change in role will allow me to devote more time to my family and to my personal philanthropic endeavors, while remaining deeply involved with the company working on key initiatives including the recruitment and development of technical talent and in key technologies such as PureTouch. Will continue to fuel our AI investment.”

Another longtime Facebook executive, Andrew Bosworth, whom Schroeper affectionately referred to as Boz, will take over as CTO in 2022, Schroepfer said.

“Boz created Facebook’s AR/VR organization, which was renamed Facebook Reality Labs (FRL) in 2020, where he will share all of Facebook’s efforts in augmented reality, virtual reality and consumer hardware at Oculus, Portal and Facebook Reality Labs Research. These contributions are fundamental to our broader efforts to help build the metaverse. I am confident and grateful for Boz’s leadership and the deep and talented technical bench of leaders we have,” Schroepfer said.

According to the company’s filing, Schroeper informed Facebook of his intention to resign as CTO on Monday. The change in leadership marks the most significant departure from the company in years and follows the departure of several other veteran executives in recent months.

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The head of the company’s leading social networking app, Fidji Simo, left Instacart in July to become CEO, and shortly after, his longtime collaborator Carolyn Everson, Facebook’s former global advertising chief, was appointed president of his new company. appointed as

Schroepfer’s stepping down comes at a time when Facebook is facing increasing criticism over its failure to properly address many of the issues affecting its users on the site, including content moderation, transparency, privacy and security, and One is to deal with misleading or false information about. Number of topics like COVID-19 vaccines on their sites.

Earlier this year, the US Surgeon General, Vice Admiral Vivek Murthy, urged Facebook and other social media platforms to do a better job of tackling the COVID-19 pandemic and the subsequent spread of so-called health misinformation, stating that It was a “serious threat to public health.”

Last year, Facebook updated its COVID-19 misinformation policy and said it would remove content with false claims or conspiracy theories about COVID-19 vaccines that have been flagged by global health organizations and local health officials. had gone.

The network also said it would block and ban hashtags used to spread misinformation on its Instagram platform, which it acquired in 2012.

Recently, the networking giant has come under fire from campaign groups for covert internal research into the impact social media can have on teen users, which suggests that Instagram is linked to increased levels of teen anxiety and depression. considers guilty.


Katabella Roberts is a reporter currently based in Turkey. She covers news and business for The Epoch Times, focusing primarily on the United States.


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