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Facebook is to open its second data centre in Europe, this time in the corporation tax-lite Republic of Ireland. The data centre is being built on a 220 acre site at a reported cost of €200m (£151m). The ad platform said the facility will support the sharing of thousands of cat, food and baby images on Facebook, Messenger and …

  1. Ali Um Bongo

    Eggs. Meet Basket!

    Great idea, Ireland.

    Don't actually invest in producing anything yourself. Just base your entire economic future on enticing American mega-corporations to stop off there for a few minutes, on their way to the tax office.

    What could possibly go wrong?

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: Eggs. Meet Basket!

      Not tax office, data protection office.

      So much for Facebook claiming that Shrems means nothing as they have provisioned for it in their T&Cs.

      1. wolfetone Silver badge

        Re: Eggs. Meet Basket!

        Ireland have been doing this for years. Baxter, APC, Dell to name a few - all three have now scaled back their presence in the republic over the last 20 years.

  2. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward


    "Hmm, wonder why it chose Emerald Isle location?"

    Because their EMEA DC manager is Irish? Who ensured his previous employers "hosted Irish" too :-)

    These things matter if you're not closely supervised. I made unofficial enquiries myself about the validity of the metrics they used to pick new locations, and found that network costs were not included and "tax advantages" were added to Irish locations, despite the company concerned paying the same amount of tax (sod all!) in both Ireland and the UK and with both having current DC's operating.

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  4. g00se

    Feline photos

    Facebook brings European cats' snaps ...

    I didn't know cats take photographs ...

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: Feline photos

      A few do, but most are loath to due to the copyright issues of animal selfies.

      1. allthecoolshortnamesweretaken

        Re: Feline photos

        Best comment today - have a pint!

      2. Anonymous Coward
        Anonymous Coward

        Re: Feline photos

        They settled that one. The monkey does not have any rights, the photographer does.

    2. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: Feline photos


      Haven't you heard of Kitty Porn?

  5. Suburban Inmate

    Right to be forgotten

    Facebook makes any photos uploaded to it available indefinitely, and they were notified of this bug/'feature' years ago. Will this make any difference?

    All that is needed is the URL of the image. Even if the person has their profile locked down in every way. Even if the user has 'deleted' the image from their facetard. Even if the nonce/spook/terrorist/employer doesn't have an account.

    So much for setting permissions to "Friends only".

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