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PRESS RELEASE: Facebook Announces the Opening of Its Content Review Center in Sub-Saharan Africa

TechInAfrica – Facebook is preparing to open its new content review center in the capital city of Kenya, Nairobi. It’s a part of its commitment to provide a safe and secure platform as well as continued investment in the Sub-Saharan region. Moreover, it will be Facebook’s first content review center in the region.

Facebook will partner with one of the largest digital employers in East Africa, Samasource. With the opening of the center, Facebook will hire 100 reviewers by the end of 2019. These reviewers will support several African local languages, such as Hausa, Oromo, Somali, and Swahili.

Facebook Announces the Opening of Its Content Review Center in Sub-Saharan Africa
Facebook Announces the Opening of Its Content Review Center in Sub-Saharan Africa via time.com

The Public Policy Associate of Facebook for Africa, Fazdai Madzingira, remarked: “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.”

Facebook’s Public Policy Director for Africa, Ebele Okobi
Facebook’s Public Policy Director for Africa, Ebele Okobi via 100women.okayafrica.com

Meanwhile, Facebook’s Public Policy Director for Africa, Ebele Okobi, commented on the content review center opening’s plan: “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 center here in Africa.”

Program Director of Samasource, Carolyn Komen, commented on its partnership with Facebook for the opening of content review center in Nairobi. Komen said: “At Samasource we believe that giving work is the most powerful solution to ending global poverty. We use technology and private sector methods to measurably improve access to work and job training.

“As one of the largest digital employers in East Africa, we’re excited to partner with Facebook in Nairobi to help keep people on Facebook safe and continue our 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.”

Visit https://www.Facebook.com/communitystandards/ to know more about Facebook’s Community standards and visit  https://newsroom.fb.com/news/2018/07/hard-questions-content-reviewers/ for Facebook’s content review process.

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