One of the closest confidants of Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg will be the new chief technology officer (CTO) of the world's largest online network in the coming year.

In addition to the infrastructure with large data centers, Andrew Bosworth will continue to be responsible for the hardware business, which includes the Oculus virtual reality glasses, as Zuckerberg himself announced in a Facebook post.

The previous long-time technology boss Mike Schroepfer announced that he will leave the post “sometime in 2022” and, among other things, take care of Facebook's investments in artificial intelligence and the search for tech talent.

Schroepfer has been on Facebook since 2008.

Under his leadership, among other things, the software was developed that is supposed to automatically filter out prohibited content on Facebook with the help of machine learning.

Bosworth has been one of Zuckerberg's most important companions since the early years of Facebook.

Among other things, he played a central role in the radical reorganization of the online network's advertising business a decade ago.

Back then, Facebook was caught off guard by the rapid switch from PCs to smartphones and urgently needed to develop new ad formats.