Facebook plans to create 10,000 jobs in the European Union over the next five years, in an effort to build a digital world known as the “metaverse”.
The social media giant said it will hire highly skilled engineers in countries across the conglomerate, as the company focuses its recruitment drive on Germany, France, Italy, Spain, Poland, the Netherlands and Ireland.
“From the thousands of employees in the European Union, to the millions of companies who use our apps and tools every day, Europe is a big part of our success,” Facebook’s head of global affairs, Nick Clegg, and central product vice president, Javier Olivian, wrote in a post. The success of European companies and the broader economy.
The company’s CEO, Mark Zuckerberg, outlined his vision for the metaverse in July. The term is used to describe digital worlds in which multiple people can interact in a three-dimensional environment.
Facebook recently revealed what it called its first step into the metaverse world, with the launch of a work collaboration app where people hold meetings in virtual reality.
In addition to Facebook, a number of other companies, including Microsoft, Roblox and Epic Games, are investing heavily in their own versions of the metaverse.
This comes at a time when Facebook is facing a barrage of attacks, after investigative investigations by the Wall Street Journal revealed the company’s internal research on the negative impact of its Instagram application on teenagers and teens.Eminent Persons Exemptions of its rules.
Earlier this month, Frances Haugen, who leaked the internal documents, testified at a US Congressional hearing. Haugen and another Facebook whistleblower, Sophie Zhang, are due to testify before the British Parliament this month.
EU lawmakers also invited Haugen to appear at a parliamentary hearing in November.
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