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Facebook seeks UK growth with 1,000 hires in 2020

By Yana Berman

Many of the new jobs are concerned with the detection and removal of harmful content

will hire over 1,000 new employees in the UK in a move to create its biggest tech centre outside the US.

More than half of the new jobs will be related to technology, such as data science and software engineering, according to Nicola Mendelsohn, Facebook’s vice president for Europe, the Middle East, and Africa.

Many hires are in the corporation's team that detects and removes harmful content from Facebook, Messenger, Instagram and WhatsApp. Facebook's chief operating officer Sheryl Sandberg says the so-called "community integrity" team is extremely important for the prevention of suicides and violence. Facebook is currently removing posts related to self-harm or terrorism.

After the new employees are hired, the total number of Facebook's UK workers will surpass 4,000.

According to Mendelsohn, Facebook's enthusiasm for London is partly due to the recent certainty about Brexit. "The Johnson government has been very clear about what that looks like and so we will continue to invest here in London," the vice president revealed.

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has already reacted to the news, stating that his government is going to make the UK "the safest place in the world to be online, alongside being one of the best places for technology companies to be based".

A move to expand in the UK could be related to an attempt to rebuild trust after the Cambridge Analytica scandal in 2018 when the British political consultancy illegally collected Facebook users' data for voter profiling.

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