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Facebook to create 1,000 UK jobs

Facebook is to create 1,000 new jobs in the UK.

The social media network giant have announced their plans to recruit a number of new employees to assist with the stopping hateful content being posted on their apps, as well as new posts in software engineering, product design and data.

The firm - which also owns WhatsApp and Instagram - is set to expand its UK workforce to more than 4,000.

Facebook's chief operating officer Sheryl Sandberg is tasked with announcing the new jobs in London on Tuesday (21.01.20).

She said: "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."

The "community integrity" team, who are responsible with managing hurtful content on the three apps, is looking for new members.

Steve Hatch, the firm's vice-president for northern Europe, says the crackdown on potentially harmful content comes following the tragic suicide of teenager Molly Russell in 2017.

He told BBC Radio 4's 'Today' programme: "The tragic death of Molly Russell made us really stop in our tracks as a company and acknowledge that there was an issue that we need to do more on.

"We've been putting those changes in place steadily over the last 12 months."

The company has already removed two million posts from Facebook and 800,000 from Instagram, and he says they hope it will be possible to be able to "remove every single piece" of damaging content shared on their platforms in the future.

Hatch added: "As systems get better they develop, they get better and more effective.

"Our aspiration is to remove every single piece of [harmful] content."

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