Facebook to give $1000 bonus to each of its employees

Facebook is giving $1,000 (£825) bonuses to its employees to support them during the coronavirus pandemic.

Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook's chief executive, made the announcement in an internal note on Tuesday. The social media giant employs nearly 45,000 full-time staff across the globe, with thousands more contract workers.

The firm is also offering $100m to help small businesses cope with the economic impact of the outbreak.

As well as the cash bonuses, employees will also get the highest performance review ratings, ensuring they receive their normal twice yearly bonuses.