Facebook announced a plan to create 10,000 jobs in Europe over the next 5 years. The company behind the world’s largest social network has chosen to invest in European talent to help build the metaverse.
The announcement comes from Nick Clegg, VP Global Affairs, and Javier Olivan, VP Central Product Services, in a post on the company’s blog: “Facebook is at the beginning of a journey to help build the IT platform of the future” reads in the blogpost. “By working with other realities, we are developing what is commonly referred to as the metaverse – a new generation of interconnected virtual experiences that use technologies such as virtual and augmented reality.”
The metaverse that Facebook is working on with the aim of helping unlock access to new creative, social and economic opportunities is based on the idea that by reinforcing the feeling of ‘virtual presence’, online interaction can become much closer to the experience one has with in-person interactions.
As in the case of the Internet, Facebook assures us, “no company will own the metaverse, nor will it manage it”. The metaverse that the company will launch will be “open and interoperable“But for this to become a reality, it will be necessary “collaboration and cooperation between companies, developers, creators and politicians” Clegg and Olivan said. Objective achievable only through continuous investments “in the product and in the technological talents and this growth will affect the whole company”.
Facebook already has thousands of employees in the European Union and millions of companies using Facebook apps and tools every day. Over the next five years, the plan of the company that owns Facebook, Whatsapp and Instagram is to invest in the creation of 10,000 new highly skilled jobs in the European Union (EU). An investment, say Clegg and Olivan, that is “a vote of confidence in the strength of the European technology industry and the potential of European technological talent”.
According to Clegg and Olivan, the EU offers multiple benefits that make it an ideal place for tech companies to invest – it is a large consumer market, excellent universities and, above all, high profile talent – but it also has an important role to play in shaping the new rules of the internet – “European politicians are at the forefront of helping to include European values, such as freedom of expression, privacy, transparency and people’s rights, in the daily functioning of the internet” say Clegg and Olivan, expressing their hope in “see the completion of the Digital Single Market to further support Europe’s current strengths, as well as stability on international data flows that are essential for a thriving digital economy”.
In recent years, Facebook has funded scholarships for the Technical University of Munich, opened its first major European research laboratory on Artificial Intelligence with the FAIR acceleration program in France, and also opened the Facebook Reality headquarters. Labs in Cork.
The first step on Facebook’s journey to make its metaverse real will be to find highly skilled engineers. Facebook will work with EU governments to find the right people and the right markets to push this goal forward, as part of an upcoming recruiting campaign that will take place across the region.
Since 2016, Facebook has been collaborating with independent fact-checking partners to identify and combat disinformation on its platforms, Facebook and Instagram. The number of partners has nearly tripled over the years and today Facebook works with more than 80 independent fact-checkers around the world, who analyze content in over 60 different languages. These partners have all been certified through the International Fact-Checking Network.
In recent days, Facebook announced that “Open“, through the Fact-checking section coordinated by David Puente, he has been certified through the International Fact-Checking Network, and that he will collaborate as his partner in Italy as an independent fact-checker alongside” Pagella Politics “, a partner of Facebook in Italy since January 2018, to help counter the spread of disinformation on Facebook and Instagram in the Bel Paese.
Whenever a verifier evaluates a content as fake, Facebook reduces its distribution so that fewer people see it, and alerts people who have previously shared the content or try to share that the information is “falseA warning label is also attached to this content, referring to the analysis made by the verifier.
Recently, Facebook made two new classifications available to verifiers: “Altered“for videos and images that have been manipulated (but do not necessarily qualify for removal under Community Standards), and”Without context“for content that is not entirely fake but that can be misleading without additional context. These new tags can help fact-checkers in their analysis while giving users more precision in deciding what to read, trust and share.
Facebook’s strategy to combat disinformation is based on three points:
• removal content that violates Facebook and Instagram Community Standards or ad policies.
• reduction the visibility of fake news and inauthentic content.
• inform users by giving them more context on the posts they see.
Since the start of the pandemic, Facebook has removed more than 20 million content that violated disinformation rules related to COVID-19 and vaccines. Warning tags have been applied to over 190 million pieces of content. Facebook has also removed over 3,000 accounts, pages and groups for repeatedly violating its rules against spreading disinformation about COVID-19 and vaccines.