Walmart, which is facing a series of criminal charges stemming from the investigation of child porn, is putting a new focus on making its photo-editing capabilities more effective, according to people familiar with the matter.
Walmart is looking to hire a photo editor and digital photo editor, the people said, speaking on condition of anonymity because the personnel are not authorized to publicly discuss internal personnel matters.
WalMart said it is looking for a digital photo or video editor to assist with the team’s work to increase its digital capabilities, which include creating photos for the company’s photo-based products, among other things.
A Walmart spokeswoman declined to comment.
Walton B. Stephens, Walmart’s chief technology officer, has led the company in its digital photo efforts for several years, the Wall Street Journal reported in January.
Stephens was named Walmart’s first digital photo and video editor in August, but has been at the company for just over a year, the newspaper reported.
Walmarts photo and photo quality program is one of the few companies that have hired photo editors in recent years, according in part to Bloomberg News.
Walter Hickey, a photo consultant, said he has worked for Walmart for about four years, adding that his background includes years at Google, Amazon and eBay.
He said he is excited about the news, but also worries about the potential for Walmart to use the new hires to further its criminal case.
Walman is facing accusations that it sold child porn and other illegal items to a major online marketplace.
Some of those items were used in the sale of child pornography, which prosecutors are looking to use to prosecute the retailer.
In addition to the charges, Walmarts assistant digital editor was arrested and charged with possession of child pornographic materials in June, according the Associated Press.
The company has said it has no plans to fire the employee.
Walmer’s online photo product, Photo Stick, is currently used by the company, according WalMart’s blog.
The company has more than 50 million customers around the world.
Walters photo and image management team currently consists of 12 people, including an assistant digital photo manager, five photographers and one data scientist, according ToonNews.com.