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Facebook will teach the unemployed digital/social media skills in 30 cities

Facebook will teach the unemployed digital/social media skills in 30 cities
From TechCrunch - November 9, 2017

Whether its to bring the world closer together or improve its public image, Facebook today announced Community Boost. Facebook tells me its investing tens of millions of dollars into the program that will travel to 30 cities around the U.S. in 2018. It will teach digital job skills to the unemployed, internet literacy to those just getting online, startup methodology to entrepreneurs and customer growth to small business owners.

Unsurprisingly, though, all these skills revolve around Facebook, which Facebook clearly thinks is the key to a better life.Stops on the tour include Houston, St. Louis, Albuquerque, Des Moines and Greenville, South Carolina which are conspicuously all red states that voted for Trump in the 2016 election. Perhaps Facebook hopes to reduce unemployment that led to the dissatisfaction with current political systems which landed us Trump.

Facebook cites research by Morning Consult indicating 62% percent of US small businessesusing Facebook said having digital or social media skills is an important factor in their hiring decisionseven more important than where a candidate went to school.Houston MayorSylvester Turner says that Were happy to welcome Facebook to Houston to boost our residents digital skills and make sure our vibrant community of entrepreneurs and small businesses gets more out of the internet.

The program might be perceived as less self-serving if Facebook had concentrated on teaching skills beyond it site, like how to make a good-looking resume or handle job interviews. So while the intention behind Facebook Community Boost might be honest, its tough to interpret it as altruistic while Facebook is amidst congressional hearings into election interference on its platform and is toying with the entire journalism industry as it sucks out ad dollars and jobs.

Heres a look at Facebooks plans for the program, with the parts where people learn to better use Facebook bolded.

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