Facebook to launch inaugural Sub-Saharan content review centre in Nairobi

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg
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Facebook has partnered with Samasource, one of the largest digital employers in East Africa, to launch a new content review centre in Nairobi as part of its continued efforts to augment its online platform security.

According to the social networking service company, the establishment; the first content review centre in Sub-Saharan Africa, will facilitate seamless communication among users while safeguarding their security in the process.

 “Over the years, Facebook has 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,” Facebook’s Public Policy Associate for content Fazdai Madzingira said in an official statement.

“We want Facebook to be a place where people can express themselves and freely discuss different points of view, whilst ensuring that it remains safefor everyone.

Similarly, Facebook’s Public Policy Director of Africa Ebele Okobi attributed the development to the firm’s vision of efficiently serving all societies in Africa.

“The partnership with Samasource underscores 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,” Okobi said.

In keeping with the announcement, Carolyn Komen, Samasource’s Program Director welcomed the new partnership that will essentially benefit both firms.

“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,”Ms. Komen commented.

The service centre is expected to employ approximately 100 content reviewers by the end of 2019 and they will be tasked with covering a number of languages including: Somali, Oromo, Swahili and Hausa.


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