Facebook to build three new Europe hubs for digital skills training

Facebook to build three new Europe hubs for digital skills training

Trying again to rehabilitate its reputation in Europe, Facebook today announced a wide-ranging training program to help small businesses and provide individuals with critical digital skills.

"People are anxious that they are lagging behind in the digital revolution, so we want to make sure we invest in digital skills to provide them with the skills they need to participate fully in the digital economy", said the Chief Operating Officer of Facebook, Sheryl Sandberg.

Aside from the hubs, Facebook will partner with Freeformers to train 300,000 people across the European Union in the UK, France, Germany, Poland, Italy, and Spain.

"Small businesses are the heart of our economies and create the majority of new jobs all around the world", said Ciaran Quilty, vice president of small businesses, EMEA, at Facebook.

As part of its Community Boost EU programme, the company said it will also partner with Freeformers to offer training to 300,000 people across the EU in UK, France, Germany, Poland, Italy and Spain over the next two years. This is part of Facebook's efforts to make contributions to the community.

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Facebook is dedicating 10 million euros to an artificial intelligence research facility in France.

Sandberg noted that Facebook was already employing 10,000 people working on safety and security issues and added that the company will double the number to 20,000 by the end of this year to better monitor and eliminate illegal material posted online. The company will use its Community Boost EU program to work closely with small business owners, providing in-person training for 100,000 SMBs and online training for a further 250,000.

According to the Chief Operating Officer of Facebook, Sheryl Sandberg, "People are anxious that the digital revolution is leaving people behind and we want to make sure that we're investing in digital skills to get people the skills they need to fully participate in the digital economy". The money will also be used to fund 10 servers to host open data sets for public agencies.

Facebook has announced that it will bring its Community Boost programme to European Union countries just months after it announced the USA launch.

Facebook first opened the research centre in 2015 and has since chosen France to locate its "startup garage" incubator.

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