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Facebook plans to add 1,000 jobs this year in London as it continues to grow its biggest engineering centre outside the US

Over half of the new jobs will be in technology, including software engineering and data science

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The jobs creation which will take Facebook's total UK employees to more than 4,000

Facebook Inc. (NASDAQ:FB) is planning to add 1,000 jobs this year in London as it continues to grow its biggest engineering centre outside the US even as the UK leaves the European Union.

Reuters reported that Facebook’s chief operating officer Sheryl Sandberg will announce the jobs creation - which will take its total UK employees to more than 4,000 - on Tuesday before she travels to the World Economic Forum in Davos.

Over half of the new jobs will be in technology, including software engineering and data science, Facebook’s vice president for Europe, the Middle East and Africa Nicola Mendelsohn told the newswire in an interview.

Other roles will be in the “community integrity” team, which makes products to detect and remove harmful content from platforms like Facebook, Messenger, Instagram and WhatsApp, she said.

The social media company is trying to rebuild trust in its platforms after the Cambridge Analytica scandal in 2018, in which the UK political consulting firm collected data from Facebook for voter profiling and targeting.

Mendelsohn said that while Facebook’s enthusiasm for London was undimmed, like other tech companies it wanted certainty about Brexit.

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