Skip to main content

Facebook announces major executive shift as CTO steps down after 13 years

Facebook's new CTO could help push Facebook into a new hardware era.

What you need to know

  • Facebook has announced Andrew Bosworth as the company's new CTO.
  • Bosworth will oversee Facebook's AR and VR efforts amid increased focus on the company's hardware efforts.
  • The news comes amid increased scrutiny over Facebook's practices in how it handles information.
  • Bosworth will transition into his new role next year.

Facebook is getting a new CTO, one it hopes can help usher the company into the metaverse.

On Wednesday, Facebook CTO, Mike Schroepfer, announced that he is stepping down following 13 years with the company and that his role would be filled by the vice president of Facebook Reality Labs, Andrew Bosworth (Boz).

Bosworth was responsible for creating Facebook Reality Labs and played a key role in the News Feed, Messages, and Groups. He will continue to oversee the company's AR and VR efforts as CEO Mark Zuckerberg focuses on building the metaverse and transitioning Facebook further into hardware.

Schroepfer highlights how Bosworth has been a fundamental driving force in Facebook's AR/VR efforts, including Portal devices, the Oculus Quest 2, and related research.

These contributions are foundational components of our broader efforts to help build the metaverse.

I'm confident and grateful for Boz's leadership and the deep and talented technical bench of leaders we have at the helm.

CEO Mark Zuckerberg, who has been hyping up the metaverse plenty as of late, also expressed his excitement for Bosworth's new position, saying that he's "excited about the future of this work under Boz's leadership."

Facebook Reality Labs was responsible for launching the company's latest hardware effort with the Ray-Ban Stories smart glasses. There are also plans to launch an array of smart wearables that will work in tandem to help users simultaneously navigate the virtual and real world.

The executive shift comes amid increased scrutiny over Facebook's methods, including accusations of maintaining an illegal monopoly through its acquisitions of platforms like Instagram and WhatsApp, as well as the company's questionable practices around privacy and misinformation.

A recent New York Times exposé highlights questionable ways in which Facebook has tried to clean up its image, reportedly withholding research information and pushing pro-Facebook stories on its site.

Given the growing skepticism around Facebook's privacy practices, it's not clear how successful its hardware efforts will be, especially once the company launches devices like the rumored smartwatch that could be used to track user health and fitness data.

That said, the shift raised some eyebrows, including former Facebook product manager Samidh Chakrabarti, who expressed concern over how the company will operate going forward.

However, Schroepfer assures that he will be "staying closely connected to the company" as he transitions to a new part-time role as the company's first Senior Fellow.



Source: androidcentral

Popular posts from this blog

How to watch season 18 of Grey’s Anatomy online from anywhere

After last season was cut short, Grey's Anatomy is returning to ABC with brand new episodes and we have all the details on how you can watch the longest running medical drama yet on TV or online. Just as ABC did with season 17 last year, the season 18 premiere of the show will actually be a two-hour crossover event with Grey's Anatomy spin-off series Station 19. While Grey's Anatomy tells the story of Meredith Grey, played by Ellen Pompeo, and the other doctors, nurses and residents at Grey Sloan Memorial Hospital, Station 19 follows a group of firefighters from the Seattle Fire Department. Based on the trailer for the two show's latest crossover event, after a Station 19 fire truck is hijacked, a patient needs to be brought on foot to Grey Sloan Memorial Hospital for treatment. Last season of Grey's Anatomy saw Dr. Meredith Gray infected Covid-19 and while in a coma, many characters from past seasons of the show returned to visit her on a beach. Although Mere

PS5 restocks: Here are the latest PS5 stock updates & how to find one

PS5 stock is selling out fast, so be sure to have your credit card ready. Looking to buy a PS5 ? Well, so are millions of other people, and the stock levels we've seen so far are tight, even nearly a year after its launch. Every time a retailer puts stock up for sale, it sells out super quickly. The longest we've seen them stay in stock is maybe 15 to 20 minutes (usually just a few minutes, though), and that's at random times, so finding one for yourself can be a truly difficult task. Sony warned that it will be hard to find stock throughout the year and well into 2022, but retailers are promising more are coming, and Sony has secured additional semiconductor chips to make them. In our PS5 review, we called it a technical marvel with a groundbreaking controller. After spending a few months with it now, it's nearly impossible to go back to the PS4. Everything about the PS5 is better , from the games to the DualSense haptic feedback . You'll definitely want to

How to watch the London Marathon: Live stream online

While it may have once again been postponed from its usual April slot, the delayed 2021 edition of the London Marathon should have a more familiar feel to proceedings this year - read on to find out how to watch this iconic race online, no matter where in the world you are. This year's event welcomes back ametuar and fun runners after last year's race was limited to elite runners, while a limited number of spectators are set to be in attendance along the 26.2-mile route through the UK capital. 2020 winner Shura Kitata returns to defend his title despite a hamstring injury against a field that boasts seven sub-2:04 marathon runners including fellow Ethiopian stars Birhanu Legese and Mosinet Geremew. Kenyan superstar and Olympic silver medalist Brigid Kosge will also be hitting London's streets once more as she looks to replicate her incredible victory in the women's race last year against a strong field of runners that also includes Ethiopia's Roza Dereje, and

Google Pixel 6 price just leaked — and it's lower than we expected

The standard Pixel 6 may only be slightly more expensive than the Pixel 5. What you need to know A new leak suggests the standard Pixel 6 will start at €649 in Europe. The Pixel 6 Pro could be priced at €899 in the old continent. It also claims that the Pixel 6 series will be announced on October 19. Last week, Brandon Lee from This is Tech Today gave us our first real-world look at Google's upcoming Pixel 6 Pro. Lee has now revealed a few more details about the upcoming Pixel 6 series phones in a new YouTube video. According to Brandon Lee's sources, the Google Pixel 6 is going to retail for €649 in Europe, while the bigger Pixel 6 Pro will be priced at €899. While it looks like the Pixel 6 Pro will be nearly as expensive as the best Android phones from Samsung, the standard Pixel 6 may only be €20 more expensive than last year's Pixel 5 . The Pixel 6's black colorway will apparently be called "carbon," while the green option could be marke