Schroepfer’s most central role has been his oversight of Facebook’s AI organization, which he helped build. That group develops the technology Facebook uses to automatically find and remove content that violates its policies, such as nudity, hate speech and graphic violence.
Menlo Park, California-based Facebook has come under escalating pressure to improve the AI systems it uses to police user content, fight false information and remove harassing or offensive posts. That pressure has increased following a series of reports in the Wall Street Journal last week that found evidence describing the company’s struggles to reckon with issues like COVID-19 misinformation and human trafficking.
With billions of global users to serve, Facebook executives have pointed to AI technology as the best way to police posts at such a large scale. The technology is far from perfect, and Facebook also uses thousands of human content moderators to monitor posts on its apps.
Schroepfer, 46, will continue to advise the company in a new part-time “senior fellow” role, helping with recruiting technical talent and developing the company’s artificial intelligence initiatives.
“This new position will also create more space for me to dedicate time to my family and my personal philanthropic efforts while staying deeply connected to the company,” Schroepfer wrote in an internal post.
Facebook shares slipped in extended trading following the news, dropping about 0.5%. The stock had…