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Facebook Announces 10,000 EU Jobs

Facebook Announces 10,000 EU Jobs

Monday, 18 October, 2021 - 05:00
A 3D-printed Facebook logo is seen placed on a keyboard in this illustration taken March 25, 2020. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration

Facebook on Monday announced plans to hire 10,000 people in the European Union to build the "metaverse", a virtual reality version of the internet that the tech giant sees as the future.


Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has been a leading voice in Silicon Valley hype around the idea of the metaverse, which would blur the lines between the physical world and the digital one.


The technology might, for example, allow someone to don virtual reality glasses that make it feel as if they're face-to-face with a friend -- when in fact they are thousands of miles apart and connected via the internet.


"The metaverse has the potential to help unlock access to new creative, social, and economic opportunities. And Europeans will be shaping it right from the start," AFP quoted Facebook as saying in a blog post.


"Today, we are announcing a plan to create 10,000 new high skilled jobs within the European Union (EU) over the next five years."


The European hires will include "highly specialized engineers", but the company otherwise gave few details of its plans for the new metaverse team.


"The EU has a number of advantages that make it a great place for tech companies to invest -- a large consumer market, first class universities and, crucially, top quality talent," the blog post said.


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