If Facebook is to become a “metaverse company”, it needs talent – and more of that is in sight. the social network has announced plans to create 10,000 “high-quality” jobs in the European Union within five years to build its virtual and augmented reality experiences. The recruitment drive will hire workers in countries such as France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, the Netherlands, Poland and Spain.
Facebook described the move as a “vote of confidence” in the European technology sector. It has a large customer base, of course, but the social media company also featured state-of-the-art teams in multiple fields, as well as a “top-notch” college education. Facebook even promoted the “leading” guidelines of the EU on topics such as freedom of expression, data protection and transparency, despite the company’s disputes with the regulatory authorities.
The tech giant already has a Reality Labs office in Cork, Ireland, and has opened an AI research lab in France. In 2019, Facebook founded a research center for AI ethics in cooperation with the Technical University of Munich.
As with many job postings, this is both a public relations drive and a practical investment. It can “remind” the EU of Facebook’s economic contribution and influence relevant guidelines. Nonetheless, the move indicates the long-term extent of the metaverse transition – Facebook is changing its overall direction, not just shuffling a few resources.
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