Facebook CTO Mike Schroepfer to step down next year
Facebook CTO Mike “Schrep” Schroepfer will step down in 2022, after 13 years as the head of technology operations for the world’s largest social media company.
Facebook said Schroepfer would become a “senior fellow” of the company next year, working on initiatives such as recruiting and developing technical talent and “fostering the company’s investments in artificial intelligence.” After a period of transition, Andrew “Boz” Bosworth – currently director of Facebook Reality Labs overseeing the company’s VR and AR activities – will become the company’s next CTO.
Schroepfer, in a post on Facebook, said the resignation “is a difficult decision because of how much I love Facebook” but said the change “will allow me to devote more time to my family and to my philanthropic efforts. personal while remaining deeply connected to the business working on key initiatives.
The change of CTO comes as Facebook faces growing public relations and legal challenges. The social giant has been criticized for not doing enough to tackle disinformation, harassment and other harmful content and behavior on its platforms, as well as claims by government regulators that it has engaged in monopolistic behavior and anti-competitive.
In a statement, CEO Mark Zuckerberg said he and Schroepfer “have worked closely with Boz on organizational planning for some time.” The appointment of Bosworth’s CTO “is the basis of our broader efforts to help build the Metaverse, and I am excited about the future of this work under Boz’s leadership,” Zuckerberg said.
In July, Zuckerberg on Facebook presented his vision for the “metaverse” – an open virtual environment where you can share experiences with other people – which will be the successor to today’s mobile Internet. He predicted that Facebook will be viewed as a “metaverse” business in the future, not a social media business.
Zuckerberg credited Schroepfer with “playing a pivotal role in almost everything we’ve done – from building and scaling our teams to mentoring many of our key leaders, and help us develop new technologies like AI and VR to operate our infrastructure and business services. worldwide.
Bosworth created Facebook’s AR / VR organization, which was renamed Facebook Reality Labs (FRL) in 2020, leading all of the company’s efforts in augmented reality, virtual reality, and consumer hardware on Oculus, Portal and Facebook Reality Labs Research. Before joining Facebook in 2006, he worked at Microsoft as a software design engineer.
Bosworth was at the center of a controversy three years ago, after the publication of an internal memo he wrote in 2016 claiming that Facebook’s only goal was growth, regardless of the dire consequences of the platform. form. “We connect people. Period. That’s why all the work we do on growth is justified, ”he wrote in the memo. “Maybe it costs a life exposing someone to bullies. Maybe someone dies in a coordinated terrorist attack on our tools.
After the memo went public, Bosworth tried to explain that his comments were meant to provoke discussion and did not reflect his real beliefs: “I disagree with today’s post, and I don’t agree. ‘didn’t agree with him even that,’ he tweeted at the time.