Facebook to expand UK workforce

Facebook to expand UK workforce

The social media giant will create 1,000 new roles in London, bringing its total workforce in the UK up to more than 4,000

Facebook will create 1,000 new roles in London over the course of this year, bringing its total workforce in the UK up to more than 4,000.

This was announced by the social media network’s chief operating officer, Sheryl Sandberg, while on a visit to London.

She said that more than half the jobs will be high skilled tech roles in software engineering, product design, data science and product development.

Facebook’s artificial intelligence, augmented and virtual reality and engineering infrastructure teams in London will also be expanded.

Some of the openings will be in Facebook’s community integrity team, which already has a large presence in London and is responsible for tracking down and deleting harmful content.

London is the Silicon Valley company’s biggest engineering hub outside the US and was the location for its first European office a decade ago.

Facebook, which also owns the messaging service WhatsApp, currently has three office buildings in central London but is building a new headquarters at King’s Cross that will have capacity for 6,000 staff.

Announcing the investment at an event in London for small and medium sized UK businesses, Ms Sandberg said that the UK is a world leader in both innovation and creativity. That’s why she is excited to hire an additional 1,000 people in London this year alone. London is home to Facebook’s biggest engineering hub outside the US and Facebook is committed to investing in the city for the long-term.

Ms Sandberg said that many of these high-skilled jobs will help them address the challenges of an open internet and develop artificial intelligence to find and remove harmful content more quickly. They will also help build the tools that help small businesses grow, compete with larger companies and create new jobs.

The new roles will add to its team tackling harmful online content.

The firm’s vice-president for northern Europe, Steve Hatch, said that the firm had decided to invest more in policing online content and it has been putting those changes in place steadily over the last 12 months. It had detected and removed two million posts from Facebook and 800,000 from Instagram.

He said that as systems get better they develop, they get better and more effective. Their aspiration is to remove every single piece of [harmful] content.

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