Facebook to add 10,000 new workers by the end of 2020

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Facebook chief operating officer Sheryl Sandberg told CNBC on Thursday that the social media company plans to hire an additional 10,000 people for its product and engineering teams by the end of 2020.

“Our hiring continues at a very, very aggressive level,” said Sandberg.

Sandberg made the comment when asked by CNBC’s Scott Wapner if she would agree not to lay off.

“We feel lucky to be able to do it,” she said, speaking of new hires. “We also have a responsibility to do it – to keep our own employees, but we hope to hire more because we need them,” she said. Sandberg did not specify whether the hires would include subcontractors or be made up entirely of full-time Facebook employees.

This promise comes as the country prepares for a massive rise in unemployment. Earlier Thursday, the US Department of Labor reported that more than 6.6 million Americans had filed new unemployment claims this week, a new record after 3.3 million claims last week. Prior to the coronavirus outbreak, the weekly demand record was 695,000, established in 1982.

Sandberg also announced that starting Thursday the company will allow small businesses to sell gift cards to customers via Facebook.

“It’s a great way to support a business,” she said. “If you can’t use their services now, you can pay now, give them money and do it later. “

In addition, the social network now allows small businesses to organize fundraisers on Facebook, said Sandberg. Previously, the company allowed users to raise funds for nonprofits or specific individuals, but the company is opening up this feature to support small businesses, she said.

Since February, Facebook has been proactive in doing what it can to fight the coronavirus. Meanwhile, the company has sent information to users of the World Health Organization and other credible partners. Facebook also deleted the erroneous information regarding COVID-19. Specifically, the company launched a $ 100 million program to support small businesses, with advertising credits and cash grants.

“We hope they use it to stay afloat and really to pay employees,” she said.

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