Facebook Inc plans to employ 10,000 people in the European Union over the next five years, the social media giant said Monday.
The goal, to help build the so-called metaverse – a new online world where people live and communicate in shared virtual spaces.
It would be a significant step the company is taking to bring the concept to life, something its boss, Mark Zuckerberg, has touted in recent months.
In September, Facebook committed to spending $50 million to build the metaverse, which has been pioneered by companies like Roblox Corp and “Fortnite” maker Epic Games.
Facebook previously launched a test of a new virtual reality remote work app where Oculus Quest 2 headset users can hold meetings as their own version of an avatar.
Facebook also said in July that it was creating a product team to work on metaverse which will become part of Facebook Reality Labs, an augmented reality and virtual reality group.
“This investment (of new jobs) is a form of confidence in the strength of Europe’s technology industry and the potential of European technology talent,” the company said.
“Europe is very important to Facebook.” (vm/ft)