Facebook to create 1,000 new jobs in the UK
Social media giant Facebook is set to create 1,000 jobs in the UK by the end of 2020. The chief operating officer for the company, Sheryl Sandberg, has announced that the total British jobs for Facebook will be brought to more than 4,000.
Facebook already employs more than 3,000 in the capital, making London home to the company’s largest hub outside the US. A key focus of these plans is developing new technology.
Facebook’s growth plans will involve boosting their efforts to tackle toxic content online. The availability of harmful content on Facebook’s social media platforms, which include Messenger and Instagram, is a key concern for the company and for regulators around the world. Many of the newly created roles will be as part of Facebook’s ‘community integrity’ team, designing tools to police and remove offensive posts. Facebook has been a leader in tackling terrorist content on their platform, having removed 2 million posts from Facebook and 800,000 from Instagram.
They aim to build on this and police content around self-harming following the suicide of teenager Molly Russell in 2017. Steve Hatch, Facebook’s vice-president for northern Europe, spoke about this aim to BBC Radio 4’s Today programme. “The tragic death of Molly Russel made us really stop in our tracks as a company and acknowledge that there was an issue that we need to do more on.” Molly Russell was 14 when she committed suicide, and her family believe that social media was partly responsible.
Facebook is looking to the future of artificial intelligence and virtual reality, and they’re potentially looking to develop WhatsApp and Workplace as enterprise rivals to Slack and the Teams app, boosting access to workplace tools such as PDF to Excel https://pdftables.com/, communication between teams, and boosting efficiency. These new developers will be working in new offices Facebook is building in London’s King’s Cross. The first building will open in late 2021 and could be home to up to 6,000 workstations.
The Prime Minister spoke about these new jobs in a statement on Tuesday. “The U.K. is successfully creating both homegrown firms at the forefront of cutting-edge technologies, such as artificial intelligence, whilst attracting established global tech giants like Facebook. We are committed to making the U.K. the safest place in the world to be online.”