More than 1,000 employees are set to join Facebook’s biggest headquarters outside the United States in London by the end of 2020, the tech giant announced.
The Silicon Valley-based tech giant, through its chief operating officer, Sheryl Sandberg, will announce the new job posting on Tuesday in their London office. The new hires will add up to the total headcount of their U.K. headquarters to reach at least 4,000 employees.
Currently, the London HQ, which serves as the biggest engineering hub of the social media giant that is located outside the United States, has at least 3,000 employees and workers. The announcement on Tuesday will focus on the vacancies and available career opportunities on the tech side of the business as well as product development. Facebook is also building new offices in London’s King’s Cross, which could house up to 6,000 workstations. The first building will open in late 2021.
“Many of these high-skilled jobs will help us address the challenges of an open internet and develop artificial intelligence to find and remove harmful content more quickly,” Facebook’s Sandberg is expected to say. “They will also help us build the tools that help small businesses grow, compete with larger companies, and create new jobs.”
U.K.’s hub to focus on fighting online harms
Reports reveal that a key focus on product development aimed to control and fight against toxic content is to be expected out of the new hires. In Britain, Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s government is expected to introduce new legislation aimed at tackling online harms.
“The U.K. is successfully creating both homegrown firms at the forefront of cutting-edge technologies, such as artificial intelligence, whilst attracting established global tech giants like Facebook,” Johnson said in a statement Tuesday. “We are committed to making the U.K. the safest place in the world to be online, alongside being one of the best places for technology companies to be based.”