By Jonathan Davies

Facebook has announced plans to launch a new work-friendly app to expand its presence in offices in the US.

The app will allow users to communicate using different email addresses and different intranet systems.

Facebook said the profiles will be "secure, confidential and completely separate" from personal ones. It is understood to be Facebook's competitor to LinkedIn.

Despite Facebook dominating the social media space, many of its 1.4 billion users are banned from using it in the workplace. The new app is also aimed at removing those bans.

"Facebook at Work is a separate experience that gives employees the ability to connect and collaborate efficiently using Facebook tools - many that they're likely already using such as News Feed, Groups, messages and events," the social network said in a statement.

"The information shared among employees is only accessible to people in the company."

A spokesperson added: "Internally at Facebook we've been using our product for years, and we're now looking forward to the feedback from our pilot partners to create the best possible experience."

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