Facebook Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg announced this week that, in 2019, the company plans to add 1,000 new jobs in Dublin, along with investing large sums in Irish companies, according to a report by Silicon Republic.
The new injection of jobs, which will be filled over the course of 2019, brings Facebook’s total number of employees in the city to 5,000.
Outside of California, Ireland is Facebook’s largest operation. The new roles will be spread across 60 teams of employees at sites in Dublin, County Meath and County Cork.
By 2022, all of Facebook’s 2,000 employees in Dublin will reportedly be moved to the newly rented Bank Centre campus - previously home to Allied Irish Bank - in Ballsbridge, south Dublin. According to the BBC, the building has a total capacity of 7,000.
Sandberg also announced during her keynote speech this week that Facebook will triple its investment in two online safety programs run by the National Anti-Bullying Centre (ABC) and SpunOut.ie, bringing total spending to US$1.13mn.
“Facebook is a very different company to what it was in 2016 or even a year ago”. said Sandberg in her speech. According to Silicon Republic, she continued by insisting on Facebook’s commitment to earning back the trust of its customer base.
The Irish Mirror reports that Sandberg concluded by outlining Facebook’s plan for a 2019 where “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” will remain a priority.