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Google lays off hundreds of employees

2024-01-11 19:42 by


Google is laying off hundreds of workers across its virtual assistant, augmented reality and central engineering teams, a spokesperson confirmed to The Hill on Thursday.

The layoffs will impact a few hundred employees working on Google Assistant, as well as a few hundred workers from other parts of the company’s knowledge and information product teams, the spokesperson said. The spokesperson declined to specify how many Google employees would be laid off.

"Throughout the second half of 2023, a number of our teams made changes to become more efficient and work better, and to align their resources to their biggest product priorities," a Google spokesperson said in a statement. "Some teams are continuing to make these kinds of organizational changes, which include some role eliminations globally."

The Alphabet Workers Union, which represents some of its employees, criticized the job cuts in a statement posted to the social network X, formerly known as Twitter.

Google is increasingly focusing on investments in artificial intelligence, as is rival Microsoft, with the latter introducing a Copilot feature that incorporates artificial intelligence into products like search engine Bing, browser Edge as well as Windows for its corporate customers.

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