Facebook to create 10,000 jobs in EU for ‘metaverse’ vision

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LONDON – 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 “metaverse.”

The social media giant said on Sunday it would hire highly skilled engineers in countries across the conglomerate. The company focuses its recruitment drive on Germany, France, Italy, Spain, Poland, the Netherlands and Ireland.

“Europe is very important to Facebook,” Nick Clegg, Facebook’s head of global affairs, and Javier Olivian, vice president of Central Products, said in a blog post Sunday night.

“From the thousands of employees in the European Union, to the millions of companies who use our apps and tools every day, Europe is a huge part of our success, as Facebook is making success for European companies and the broader economy.”

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg outlined his vision for the 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 collaboration app at work where people hold meetings in virtual reality.

A number of other companies, including Microsoft, Roblox and Epic Games are investing heavily in their own versions of the metaverse.

“As we begin our journey to bring life back overseas, the need for highly specialized engineers is one of Facebook’s most pressing priorities,” Clegg and Olivan said.

“We look forward to working with governments across the EU to find the right people and the right markets to take this forward, as part of the upcoming recruitment drive across the region.”

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