Facebook has said they are to create 500 new technology jobs by the end of 2019 in London as they open a new engineering centre.
The new company offices based in Soho will include 100 artificial intelligence (AI) jobs and are to increase their workforce in London by more than 3,000.
The social networking giant said there will be new jobs in the community integrity team which is responsible for safety.
Facebook’s vice president for Europe, the Middle East and Africa Nicola Mendelsohn announced at London Tech Week, “Safety is our top priority at Facebook and over the last two years we’ve substantially increased our investment in this area.
“These hundreds of new jobs demonstrate not only our commitment to the UK but also our determination to do everything we can to keep Facebook safe and secure.
“Many of these new roles will accelerate our artificial intelligence work in London as we continue developing technology to proactively detect and remove malicious content.”
Digital Secretary Jeremy Wright said of the new job creation: “I welcome this new Facebook investment. It is a timely reminder we have the skills, location and language digital firms need to succeed, and a positive step which will see UK expertise helping to develop tech solutions to tackle harmful behaviour worldwide.”
London Mayor Sadiq Khan added: “This investment is great news for the capital and is further proof that London is open to talent and to new investment in our thriving tech sector.
“I’ve been calling for stronger action by businesses and government to tackle malicious and harmful content, so it’s good to see Facebook taking further steps to protect its users.”
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