New Delhi: The proficient Facebook executive Mike Schroepfer said on Wednesday that he will be stepping down from his post as the company's chief technology officer. Schroepfer said in a Facebook post that veteran leader Andrew Bosworth, who heads up the social media company's augmented reality and virtual reality efforts, including products like its Oculus Quest VR headset, will take over the role in 2022.
Schroepfer, who is known as "Schrep" and spent 13 years at Facebook, said he will shift to a part-time role as the company's first Senior Fellow sometime next year.
Bosworth, or "Boz," created Facebook's AR/VR organization, which was renamed by Facebook Reality Labs (FRL) in 2020. "As our next CTO, Boz will continue leading Facebook Reality Labs and overseeing our work in augmented reality, virtual reality, and more, and as part of this transition a few other groups will join Boz's team as well," CEO Mark Zuckerberg said in a message to employees that was posted on Facebook's blog.
"This is all foundational to our broader efforts helping to build the metaverse, and I'm excited about the future of this work under Boz's leadership," he said, referring to the Silicon Valley idea of shared spaces. Facebook is also under pressure from the global regulators, lawmakers, and civil society groups that have been criticized all over with abuses on its platform. They were such as extremism and misinformation and wanted these things to be improved as soon as possible while the issues including transparency, its content moderation and recommendation systems, and its approaches to user privacy and safety.
Zuckerberg said Schroepfer's new role would include helping the company to recruit and develop technical talent and foster investments in artificial intelligence.
Other central leaders who have left the company in recent months include the head of Facebook's main app, Fidji Simo, who left to become Instacart CEO, and global ads chief Carolyn Everson, who was also hired as the start-up's president.