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Instagram is cutting 60 jobs, eliminating a layer of management at the company

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According to a new report from The Information, Instagram has cut 60 technical program manager positions, eliminating a layer of management at the company. Affected employees have two months to apply for other jobs at the company. After the two-month period, their employment will be terminated if they fail to secure another role within the company.

In a LinkedIn post, a former Instagram employee noted that some technical program managers may be expected to “reapply for PM roles” or project manager roles.

A spokesperson for Meta declined to comment on the job losses. The spokesperson referred TechCrunch to Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s March 2023 blog post about the company’s “Year of Efficiency,” in which the executive said Meta would focus on improving financial performance and reducing headcount.

The Information reports that Instagram has also informed employees about a reorganization of product teams, as it decided to create three new focus areas for the team tasked with helping people create and share content on the social network. The three new focus areas are Creation, Creators and Friend Sharing.

The changes mean Instagram will sharpen its focus on supporting creators most likely to drive teen engagement on the platform. It’s no surprise that Instagram wants its employees to focus on creators who can maintain a teen audience on the platform, but the change comes as more than forty states are suing Meta, claiming the company’s services contribute to the mental health of young users. issues.

The lawsuit claims that over the past decade, Meta has “profoundly changed the psychological and social realities of a generation of young Americans” and that it “uses powerful and unprecedented technologies to entice, engage, and ultimately entrap young people and teens .”

Meta’s focus on teen engagement also comes as the company will testify before the Senate on January 31 about child safety, joining X (formerly Twitter), TikTok, Snap and Discord. Committee members are expected to press company executives about their platforms’ inability to protect children online.

Despite the continued regulatory pressure Meta faces, Instagram is still focused on teen engagement and retention.

However, it appears that Meta wants to appease lawmakers with the recent changes regarding teen safety. Earlier this week, Meta revealed that it would automatically start limiting the type of content that teen Instagram and Facebook accounts can see on the social networks. As part of the changes, teen accounts will no longer be allowed to see harmful content, such as messages about self-harm, graphic violence and eating disorders.