Technology Facebook to open digital training hubs in Europe

09:21  22 january  2018
09:21  22 january  2018 Source:   Reuters

Facebook to show less content from publishers and brands

  Facebook to show less content from publishers and brands Facebook hopes to improve the well-being of its users by prioritizing content from friends and family over posts from brands and publishers.Load Error

BRUSSELS (REUTERS) - Facebook said on Monday (Jan 22) it will open three new centres in Europe to train people in digital skills and committed to training one million people over the next two years, part of the social media giant's drive to show its contribution to the bloc.

BRUSSELS: Facebook said on Monday it will open three new centers in Europe to train people in digital skills and committed to training one million The community hubs will offer training in digital skills, media literacy and online safety to groups with limited access to technology, including old

a close up of a logo: FILE PHOTO: Balloons are seen in front of a logo at Facebook's headquarters in London © REUTERS/Toby Melville/File Photo FILE PHOTO: Balloons are seen in front of a logo at Facebook's headquarters in London Facebook (FB.O) said on Monday it will open three new centers in Europe to train people in digital skills and committed to training one million people over the next two years, part of the social media giant's drive to show its contribution to the bloc.

The U.S. company - which has faced regulatory pressure in Europe over issues ranging from privacy to antitrust - said it would open three "community skills hubs" in Spain, Poland and Italy as well as investing 10 million euros ($12.2 million) in France through its artificial intelligence research facility.

Second Kitzbuehel skiing training cancelled

  Second Kitzbuehel skiing training cancelled The second men's World Cup downhill training at Kitzbuehel scheduled for Wednesday has been cancelled because of the bad weather forecast, organisers said. The Austrian resort has been forecast overnight rain, turning to snow, and heavy snow on Wednesday, with organisers taking the decision to cancel to preserve the Streif piste, widely considered the toughest on the World Cup circuit.Italian Christof Innerhofer, the defending Olympic downhill silver medallist and with two super-G podiums in Kitzbuehel, timed 1min 55.46sec to win Tuesday's first training run.

The Edit: Facebook to open digital training centres in Europe . Facebook says it will open three ‘community skills hubs ’ in Spain, Poland and Italy as well as investing €10 million (RM48.2 million) in France through its artificial intelligence research facility.

Facebook said on Monday it will open three new centres in Europe to train people in digital skills and committed to training one million people over the next two years, part of the social media giant's drive to show its contribution to the bloc.

"People are worried 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," Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook's chief operating officer, told Reuters.

The community hubs will offer training in digital skills, media literacy and online safety to groups with limited access to technology, including old people, the young and refugees.

Facebook also committed to having trained one million people and business owners by 2020.

"Absolutely we want to make sure that people see that we are investing locally, we're investing in technology, we're investing in humans," Sandberg said.

Facebook's move comes as EU states discuss proposals to raise the tax bill of tech multinationals after pressure from large states that accuse firms like Amazon (AMZN.O), Google (GOOGL.O), Apple (AAPL.O) and Facebook of slashing their tax bills by re-routing their EU profits to low-tax countries such as Luxembourg and Ireland.

Microsoft tops Reuters' list of global tech leaders

  Microsoft tops Reuters' list of global tech leaders <p>Reuters on Wednesday published its debut Top 100 Global Technology Leaders list, with Microsoft in the no. 1 spot, followed by chipmaker Intel and network gear maker Cisco System.</p>The list, which aims to identify the industry's top financially successful and organizationally sound organizations, features U.S. tech giants such as Apple, Alphabet, International Business Machines and Texas Instruments among its top 10.

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Facebook said on Monday it will open three new centres in Europe to train people in digital skills and committed to training The community hubs will offer training in digital skills, media literacy and online safety to groups with limited access to technology, including old

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Facebook said on Monday (Jan 22) it will open three new centers in Europe to train people in digital skills and committed to The community hubs will offer training in digital skills, media literacy and online safety to groups with limited access to technology, including old

Smaller EU countries, like Luxembourg or Malta, argue that a solo EU move on corporate tax reform would damage its economy and favor competitors.

European Union states could have lost 5.4 billion euros in tax revenues from Google and Facebook between 2013 and 2015, according to a report by an EU lawmaker last year.

Facebook executives are fanning out across Europe this week to address the social media giant’s slow response to abuses on its platform, seeking to avoid further legislation along the lines of a new hate speech law in Germany it says goes too far.

Through its Community Boost EU program, Facebook will work with small businesses and start-ups to help them grow and hire.

It said it would conduct in-person training for 100,000 small- and medium-sized businesses by 2020 and online training for 250,000 businesses.

"What we're finding is when small businesses use technology, when small businesses use Facebook, they hire," Sandberg said.

The European Union's executive has stressed the need to boost Europeans' digital skills to help bring down unemployment and enable Europe to create its own digital giant.

Facebook has opened similar centers in countries such as Nigeria and Brazil.

(Reporting by Julia Fioretti; Editing by Adrian Croft)

Facebook will prioritize local stories in your News Feed .
You may start seeing more posts from local publishers popping up in your News Feed. Facebook announced today that it will begin prioritizing local news, bumping it up higher in your feed if you follow a local publisher's Page or if a friend shares a locally-published story. "We are prioritizing local news as a part of our emphasis on high-quality news, and with today's update, stories from local news publishers may appear higher in News Feed for followers in publishers' geographic areas," Facebook said in the announcement.This isn't Facebook's only shift towards local news.

—   Share news in the SOC. Networks

Topical videos:

This is interesting!