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Facebook to Open Its First Content Review Centre in Sub-Saharan Africa

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It will employ approximately 100 reviewers by the end of the year, who will support a number of languages, including Somali, Oromo, Swahili and Hausa

As part of its investment across Sub-Saharan Africa and commitment to safety and security on its platform, California based social media app Facebook on Thursday, announced that it is opening a new content review centre in Nairobi, Kenya.

In partnership with Samasource – a digital employer and social enterprise — the site in Nairobi will be Facebook’s first content review centre in Sub-Saharan Africa. It will employ approximately 100 reviewers by the end of the year, who will support a number of languages, including Somali, Oromo, Swahili and Hausa.

“Over the years, we have made significant investments globally, and locally in ensuring that people see the content they want to see, and are aware of what is and isn’t allowed on the platform. That’s why we have a set of Community Standards, and last year published the more detailed internal guidelines around these rules. We want Facebook to be a place where people can express themselves and freely discuss different points of view, whilst ensuring that it remains safe for everyone,” said  Fazdai Madzingira, Facebook’s Public Policy Associate for content.

Commenting on the forthcoming opening of the centre, Ebele Okobi, Facebook’s Public Policy Director, Africa added: “This further highlights our commitment to serving the community of people using our platforms across Africa, as well as our commitment to continuing to invest and partner locally across the continent. I am delighted that through our partnership with Samasource we will be opening our first content review centre here in Africa.”

on her part Carolyn Komen, Samasource Program Director said the partnership will help keep people on Facebook safe and continue its mission. “Our team will receive extensive training and support, benefit from industry-leading facilities, and have the opportunity to advance their careers in tech through this partnership,” she concluded.

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