Sources: Facebook data center to have formal announcement Wednesday

1:16 p.m Tuesday, March 6, 2018 Business and Money news
Facebook is said to be behind a plan to build a large data center campus near Social Circle east of Atlanta. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)

Gov. Nathan Deal has called a press conference today to announce a new economic development project.

The project is expected to be a massive Facebook data center near Social Circle, people familiar with the matter said. The Silicon Valley-based social media giant’s plans for the server farm at Stanton Springs were previously reported. Stanton Springs is near the Shire pharmaceutical plant along I-20, about 40 miles east of downtown Atlanta.

The Atlanta area has been a hot bed for data center development in recent years, given its stable power grid and fiber internet infrastructure and growing population base. A representative for the state Department of Economic Development declined to comment, and a Facebook representative did not immediately return a message seeking comment.

Google has a server farm complex in Douglas County, and operator Switch announced plans in 2017 for a $2.5 billion campus in Douglas, as well. The expensive complexes help power the Internet, though they generally create few permanent jobs.

In other Facebook news:

YouTube has featured live-streaming on its desktop site since 2011, but the company is finally ready to take on Facebook Live by bringing the feature to smartphones. Popular YouTubers will be the first to be get their hands on the feature, which was originally promised back in June. YouTube channels with more than 10,000 subscribers will be first to get mobile live streaming. YouTube also launched Super Chat, allowing users to highlight their messages for a fee. YouTube said.


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