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Sunday 30 April 2017

Five things Facebook Ireland’s boss wants you to know

Facebook's Irish boss Gareth Lambe says he expects more Irish growth. Picture: Adrian Weckler
Facebook's Irish boss Gareth Lambe says he expects more Irish growth. Picture: Adrian Weckler
Adrian Weckler

Adrian Weckler

Facebook Ireland is on the verge of becoming one of Dublin's biggest private industrial employers.

The digital giant's Irish boss, Gareth Lambe, talks about further investment here, changing trends, and the fight against 'fake news' 

1. On Facebook and fake news

“We do not intend or want to be the arbiter of truth. I don’t think anyone else wants us to be.”

2. On US protectionist industry policy affecting investment into Ireland

“It certainly has had no impact on our investment decisions for now, as evidenced by everything we’re doing around our buildings and acquisitions. We’re a global company and we need to service our regions within those regions and languages and with knowledge of the cultural norms.”

3. On housing shortages in Dublin

“It would be a concern for the future, the affordability and the availability. In five years’ time, will we have the infrastructure to accommodate future growth?”

4. On how big Facebook could get in Dublin

“Over the next number of years, if the business and platform continue to grow, we expect to continue to grow substantially in Ireland. It’s our largest footprint of any country in the world outside our Silicon Valley HQ.”

5. On Mark Zuckerberg visiting Dublin

“Yeah, I expect him to come by in the next year or so. We have a lot of very senior people like Sheryl Sandberg coming all the time.”

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