An analysis of job vacancies posted by Facebook has revealed that hiring is going on at a brisk pace at the social media giant’s properties which include WhatsApp, Instagram and Oculus. According to the research which was done by CB Insights, most of the available positions were in the product teams of the company.
Other departments which had openings included administration, finance, legal and software engineering. About 9% of the employment opportunities at Facebook were available at Oculus indicating that the company is making heavy investments in virtual reality as the space is expected to have a huge potential.
Facebook’s move to hire more people at its various properties could be an indication that the company expects its main social media platform to be weakened after the political fallout over the alleged Russian meddling in last year’s U.S. presidential election. This is because it could result in increased regulation not just in the United States but across the globe and this would negatively impact the bottom line.
Regulatory changes will not however happen without the social media giant putting up a fight. According to CB Insights, based on the job vacancies posted by the company, Facebook is looking to add over 40 people to its public policy team.
National security clearances
A little over a week ago Facebook indicated that part of its plan to curb possible election rigging is to hire people who have national security clearances. According to reports such personnel will be helpful in preventing foreign governments from exploiting the social media platform with a view to influencing the vote as they would have access to classified information in the hands of the U.S. government.
However Facebook would be required to file a petition with the U.S. government in order for that employee to be allowed to get such information since once someone leaves the employ of the government their security clearances are deactivated.
Besides hiring employees who have security clearances other measures the social media giant says it is taking in order to curb election rigging includes ensuring that ads displayed on its platform are more transparent.
“We believe that when you see an ad, you should know who ran it and what other ads they’re running — which is why we show you the Page name for any ads that run in your feed,” said Facebook in a statement in the wake of revelations that Russians had bought as many as 3,000 ads on its platforms pre and post-2016 election with a view to tilting the vote in Donald Trump’s favor.