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LONDON – Facebook plans to create 10,000 jobs in the European Union over the next five years with the aim of building a digital world known as the ‘metaverse’.
The social media giant announced on Sunday that it would hire highly skilled engineers from countries in the bloc. The company focuses its recruitment efforts on Germany, France, Italy, Spain, Poland, the Netherlands and Ireland.
“Europe is extremely important to Facebook,” said Nick Clegg, head of global Facebook affairs, and Javier Olivan, vice president of core products, in a blog post Sunday evening.
“From thousands of employees in the EU to millions of businesses using our apps and tools every day, Europe is a big part of our success, just as Facebook is in the success of European businesses and the economy in the world. wider.”
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg presented his vision for a metaverse in July. The metaverse is a term used to describe digital worlds in which multiple people can interact in a 3D environment.
Facebook recently unveiled what it called its first step into the metaverse – a workplace collaboration app where people hold virtual reality meetings.
A number of other companies, including Microsoft, Roblox, and Epic Games, are investing heavily in their own versions of the Metaverse.
“As we begin to bring the Metaverse to life, the need for highly specialized engineers is one of Facebook’s most pressing priorities,” said Clegg and Olivan.
“We look forward to working with EU governments to find the right people and the right markets to move this forward, as part of an upcoming recruitment drive in the region.”