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Facebook to set up Barcelona global hub to fight fake news

Social media company rents eight floors in Torre Glòries

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07 May 2018 01:06 PM

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ACN | Barcelona

Facebook has chosen Barcelona as its global hub to tackle fake news. The social media company will set up its new offices in the Torre Glòries (formerly known as Torre Agbar), one of the city’s most emblematic skyscrapers. According to Spanish newspapers, some 500 people will be working to monitor content shared by more than 2 billion users worldwide.

Facebook reached an agreement with the European firm Competence Call Center over the renting of 9,000 square meters spanning eight floors, as announced by the real estate company Engel & Völkers on April 26.

Torre Glòries, designed by French architect Jean Nouvel, was the crown jewel of Barcelona’s candidacy to host the European Medicines Agency (EMA) in its relocation following Brexit. Yet the Catalan capital was eliminated in the first round, and Amsterdam became the chosen city.

  • “It’s clear now that we didn’t do enough to prevent these tools from being used for harm”

    Mark Zuckerberg · Facebook CEO

Facebook has recently been under fire over the spread of fake news through its platform, and its impact in global politics. In an unprecedented crisis, founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg appeared before the United States Senate last month to testify over the Cambridge Analytica scandal, involving a British research firm hired by Donald Trump’s presidential campaign that obtained data from 87 million users.

“It’s clear now that we didn’t do enough to prevent these tools from being used for harm,” Zuckerberg told lawmakers. “That goes for fake news, foreign interference in elections, and hate speech, as well as developers and data privacy. We didn’t take a broad enough view of our responsibility, and that was a big mistake.”

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