"I think we're going to be the most forward-leaning company on remote work, at our scale for sure", Zuckerberg said.
"This is fundamentally about changing our culture and the way that we are all going to work longterm", Zuckerberg said.
Facebook's new approach to remote work comes after Twitter earlier this month said employees will be able to work from home for good, if they choose to and if their roles permit.
The shift could help remake the United States job market in tech, as Facebook now has more than 40,000 employees. He noted that when Facebook staffers quit the company, it's sometimes because they are moving to an area where the company doesn't have an office location.
"When you limit hiring to people who either live in a small number of big cities or are willing to move there, that cuts out a lot of people who live in different communities, different backgrounds or may have different perspectives on things", he said. Zuckerberg said there will be a wide range of jobs eligible to work remotely, beginning with newly-hired senior engineers and then expanding to current employees with strong performance reviews.
Geographically, Facebook will first look to hire people in areas within a one- to four-hour drive of an existing office, such as Portland, San Diego, Philadelphia and Pittsburgh. The company is also looking to create new "hubs" with hundreds of remote workers in Atlanta, Dallas and Denver.
Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg said Thursday he was "pretty confident" his company could help prevent attempts to influence the political outcome of the United States presidential election later this year.
Facebook, like other Silicon Valley companies, was among the first US employers to close offices in the early days of the pandemic.
Zuckerberg devoted a live-streamed "town hall' meeting with employees to how a remote-work trend compelled by the pandemic is being embraced by employees without affecting productivity".
While it intends to start bringing some workers back to its offices in July, it will limit occupancy to 25% of normal capacity.
About 95 percent of Facebook employees work remotely due to pandemic concerns, and the company has told them they can continue to do their jobs that way through next year if desired.