Facebook creates 1000 jobs in Dublin operations centre

Facebook adds 1,000 new roles to Dublin operations centre

Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook’s chief operating officer, has confirmed that the social network is to add 1000 posts to its Dublin operations centre during a visit to the Republic of Ireland.

The hiring spree will swell the number of Facebook employees working in the city to 5000 by the end of the year, all based at the company’s new corporate campus in Ballsbridge which offers scope for further expansion to 7000 individuals should this be required.

The jobs bonanza comes as the Supreme Court considers an appeal by Facebook on whether its policy of transferring user data between the US and EU should be referred to the European Court, with Facebook arguing that the existing ‘privacy shield’ agreement offers sufficient protections to Europeans.

Pledging robust actions to counter data privacy concerns Sandberg conceded that Facebook ‘… did not do enough to prevent the bad’ but outlined a raft of priorities to right the ship including; ‘the safety and security of Facebook's users, the commitment to cracking down on fake accounts and false news, strengthening defences against election interference and being even more transparent in how it operates and makes decisions, to make itself more publicly accountable.’

By comparison Facebook employs 2300 people at its Frank Gehry designed London headquarters.

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