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Most of Meta’s misinformation engineering team was just laid off.

From my latest Command Line newsletter that just went out to subscribers: the majority of the roughly 50-person engineering team working on combating misinformation across Facebook and Instagram was axed this week.

Meta spokesperson Dave Arnold tells me the remaining team is being merged with other trust and safety teams, though I’ve seen internal correspondence from employees questioning how the work will continue without the engineering support they had before. “We remain focused on advancing our industry-leading integrity efforts and continue to invest in teams and technologies to protect our community,” Arnold said in an emailed statement.

Update April 21st, 10:55AM ET: Clarified that the majority of the misinformation engineering team was let go and added that some employees have questioned internally how the work will continue.

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