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 a “metaverse”.
The giant of the social media said it will hire highly skilled engineers in conglomerate countries, as the company focuses its recruiting campaign in Germany, France, Italy, Spain, Poland, the Netherlands and Ireland.
“From the thousands of employees in the European Union, to the millions of companies that use our apps and tools every day, Europe is an important part of our success,” Facebook head of global affairs Nick Clegg and the central vice president of product, Javier Olivian, wrote in a post The success of European companies and the economy in general.
The company’s chief executive, Mark Zuckerberg, outlined his vision for the metaverse in July. The term is used to describe digital worlds in which more people can interact with in a three-dimensional environment.
Facebook recently revealed what it called its first step into the metaverse world, with the launch of a business collaboration app. in which 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 happens in one moment in which Facebook is facing a flurry of attacks after investigations by the Wall Street Journal revealed that the company’s internal research on the negative impact of its Instagram application on teens and the exemptions of prominent figures from its rules.
Earlier this month, Frances Haugen, who leaked internal documents, testified at a U.S. Congressional hearing. Haugen and another Facebook whistleblower Sophie Zhang are expected to testify before the UK parliament this month.
EU lawmakers also invited Haugen to appear in a parliamentary hearing in November.
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