Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has informed the company's 45,000 employees that they will all receive a $1,000 bonus to help them during the coronavirus outbreak, Facebook sources told NBC News on Tuesday.
Facebook employees will receive at least their full bonuses for the current six-month period, the sources said. The company is also sending thousands of content moderators home but will continue to pay them.
"We recognize that many people are going to need more time away to care for children and their families," Zuckerberg wrote in a memo, a copy of which was obtained by NBC News. "We also know that many of you may have additional expenses as part of setting up your home to enable remote work and support your family. We're going to grant all employees an additional $1,000 to use for whatever you see fit to support yourself and your family in adapting during this period."
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The news, first reported by technology news website The Information, came on the same day that the company's chief operating officer, Sheryl Sandberg, announced that Facebook would be investing $100 million to help small businesses in over 30 countries.