Facebook have announced this week that it’s Workplace platform, which lets companies set up their own internal version of the social network, is now publicly available to businesses.
The app operates in the same way as Facebook, but remains completely separate from users’ personal Facebook profiles.
Workplace could pose a challenge to a broad range of rival services, with Facebook hoping that the platform could replace internal systems such as email.
Prior to it’s widespread availability, Facebook has been testing Workplace (previously Facebook at Work) for two years and was used by over 1,000 businesses were already using it.
In a statement, the company said: “We’ve seen that just as Facebook keeps you connected to friends and family, it can do the same with co-workers. We’ve brought the best of Facebook to the workplace. The millennial workforce is important to employers, so having systems that are familiar and replicate what they use in their personal life makes sense.”