Facebook CTO Mike “Shreep” Shroffer will resign in 2022 after 13 years to manage the technology of the world’s largest social media company.
Facebook says Shroffer will be a “senior fellow” at the company next year, working on initiatives to recruit and develop technical talent and “encourage the company’s artificial intelligence investment.” After a turnaround, Andrew “Buzz” Bosworth – currently head of the Facebook reality lab overseeing the company’s VR and AR business – will be the company’s next CTO.
“It’s a tough decision to resign because of how much I love Facebook,” Schroffer said in a Facebook post.
Facebook is facing increasing PR and legal issues when the CTO changes. The social giant has been pushed for misinformation, harassment and other harmful content and its repeated failure to curb misconduct across its platforms, as well as allegations by government regulators that it involves monopolistic and rival behavior.
In a statement, CEO Mark Zuckerberg said he and Schroeder had “worked closely with Bose on organizational planning for some time.” Zuckerberg said Bosworth’s appointment as CTO “is the foundation of our broader effort to help build metavers, and I’m excited about the future of this work under Bose’s leadership.”
In July, Zuckerberg outlined his vision for “Metavers” in Facebook’s earnings call – an open, virtual environment where you can share experiences with others – the successor to today’s mobile Internet. He predicted that in the future Facebook would be seen as a “metaverse” company, not a social media company.
Zuckerberg credits Schroffer for “playing an important role in almost everything we’ve done – from team building and scaling to advising many of our key leaders and helping us develop new technologies like AI and VR to our infrastructure and business services.” Global for management. “
Bosworth created Facebook’s AR / VR organization, dubbed Facebook Reality Labs (FRL) in 2020, which leveraged all of the company’s efforts in Aculus, Portal, and Facebook Reality Labs research into enhanced reality, virtual reality, and consumer hardware. Prior to joining Facebook in 2006, he worked as a software design engineer at Microsoft.
Bosworth was at the center of a controversy three years ago when he wrote in 2016 after an internal memo was published that Facebook’s single focus was growth – regardless of any dire consequences for the platform. “We connect people. Period. That’s why everything we do for growth is fair, ”he wrote in the memo. “Maybe someone can spend a life exposing themselves to rapists. Maybe someone died in a terrorist attack integrated into our equipment.
After the memo went public, Bosworth tried to explain that his comments were for discussion and did not reflect his true beliefs: “I do not agree with today’s post, and I do not agree with it when I wrote it,” he tweeted at the time. Did.