Facebook plans to hire 10,000 people in the EU to build its vision for a 'metaverse'

This photo illustrates the Facebook logo on a smartphone screen, with the EU flag as the background.
LONDON Facebook will create 10,000 jobs in Europe over the next five year as part of its push to create a digital world called the "metaverse."

Social media giant Facebook announced on Sunday that it will hire highly-skilled engineers from countries throughout the bloc. The company will be focusing its recruiting efforts on Germany, France and Italy.

"Europe is enormously important to Facebook", Nick Clegg (Facebook's head for global affairs) and Javier Olivan (Vice President of central products), said in a Sunday blog post.

"From the thousands upon thousands of EU employees to the millions of businesses that use our apps and tools every single day, Europe is a major part of our success as Facebook is in European companies' success and the wider economy."

In July, Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook CEO, outlined his vision of a metaverse. The metaverse refers to digital worlds where multiple people can interact in a 3D environment.