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Would you want to live in a town built by Facebook?

Would you want to live in a town built by Facebook?

Mark Zuckerberg is taking a leaf out of a Victorian chocolatier's book and building a model village for Facebook employees.

Echoing John Cadbury and Bournville, the company has bought a 56-acre plot of land for $400million (£262million) near its Silicon Valley headquarters for offices, houses, shops and even a hotel for workers.

Facebook's John Tenanes told the Silicon Valley Business Journal the new development in Menlo Park, where the social media giant already has a 57-acre site, would be developed with the existing community in mind.

"We feel you just can't build a corporate campus, it has to be integrated into the community," he said.

Facebook is already planning on moving to new headquarters in Menlo Park - where one in four who live there work for Facebook - shortly.

A Facebook spokesperson told "This purchase is an investment in our future and the future of Menlo Park. Being a good neighbor is extremely important to us and we look forward to continuing our dialogue with city and community leaders on local priorities in the months and years to come.”

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