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IBM Watson Health confirms layoffs

Two women in the lobby of IBM Watson Health headquarters in Massachusetts.
IBM Watson Health headquarters in Massachusetts. Photo: Suzanne Kreiter/The Boston Globe via Getty Images

An IBM spokesperson has confirmed the technology giant has laid off people in its Watson Health division, saying in a statement the layoffs represent a "small percentage" of Watson Health's 7,000-plus employees without disclosing exact figures. IBM said earlier media reports of "massive" layoffs are exaggerated.

Why it matters: IBM has spent billions the past few years acquiring various health care companies, so cutting jobs may have been inevitable. But Watson Health, a unit focused on using artificial intelligence in health care, has faced criticism for expensive technology and overhyped claims.