Social media giant Facebook said it will open three new training centers in Europe, including one in Poland. The hubs will train volunteers in digital skills and hope to coach one million people over the next two years. Other two European facilities will be located in Spain and Italy.
“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 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 wants to conduct in-person training for 100,000 small- and medium-sized businesses by 2020 and online training for 250,000 businesses.
Facebook’s move comes as EU member states discuss proposals to raise the tax bill of tech multinationals and accuse giants such as the social media behemoth of avoiding higher taxes by re-routing its EU profits to tax havens such as Luxembourg and Malta.
European Union states could have lost €5.4 billion in tax revenues from Google and Facebook between 2013- 2015, according to a report by an EU lawmaker last year.