The social media company Facebook is set to add 1000 more employees to its already more than 3000 strong workforce in the United Kingdom by the end of the current year, the company has said.
An announcement to this effect is slated to be made soon by the social media giant’s chief operating officer, Sheryl Sandberg in London.
The largest social media platform of the world in terms of daily active users has its largest engineering hub outside of its home country of the United States in London, UK. The company will primarily focus on hiring new employees in the areas of technology and product in its latest planned workforce expansion in the UK, the company said.
It also added that one of the priorities of the tech giant has been to tackle toxic content and this will be one of its major focus in this growth plan. Further development of its capabilities in artificial intelligence, augmented and virtual reality will also be among the focus area, Facebook has said, while added that it will also look to better the experience and functioning of its messaging apps WhatsApp. Workplace – the app that was created for participation of enterprises and is considered to be a rival of the Slack and Microsoft’s Teams app will also get focus in Facebook’s expansion plans.
Teams that are dedicated to building tools that will be used for identification and removal of harmful content all across its Facebook, Messenger, Instagram and WhatsApp platforms will also get augmented by addition of more new team members. One of the key concern for regulators around the world has been the availability of harmful content online.
“Many of these high-skilled jobs will help us address the challenges of an open internet and develop artificial intelligence to find and remove harmful content more quickly,” said Facebook. “They will also help us build the tools that help small businesses grow, compete with larger companies and create new jobs.”
It is expected that the Boris Johnson government will bring in new regulations aimed at addressing issues of online harms in the UK. Among the proposals that were mentioned in a white paper last year was the proposal for creating an independent regulator that would have the power to hold senior executives of online companies personally liable and responsible for the company not being able to tackle and prevent distribution of harmful posts on their online platforms.
“The U.K. is successfully creating both homegrown firms at the forefront of cutting-age technologies, such as artificial intelligence, whilst attracting established global tech giants like Facebook,” Johnson said in a statement Tuesday. “We are committed to making the U.K. the safest place in the world to be online, alongside being one of the best places for technology companies to be based.”
New offices are also being constructed by Facebook in London’s King’s Cross that will have space for up to 6,000 workstations.
(Adapted from CNBC.com)