Facebook to open its first content review centre in sub-Saharan Africa

cellphone display electronics 744464Facebook has announced that it will open its first content review centre for sub-Saharan Africa in Nairobi, Kenya

This review centre is part of the company’s ongoing investment across sub-Saharan Africa and its commitment to safety and security on its platform.

In partnership with Samasource, one of East Africa’s digital employers and a social enterprise, it will employ around 100 reviewers by the end of the year to support a number of languages, including Somali, Oromo, Swahili and Hausa.

Fazdai Madzingira, the public policy associate for content, said, “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,” she added.

Ebele Okobi, Facebook’s public policy director, Africa, commented, “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.”

Carolyn Komen, Samasource programme director, noted, “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.”

“We’re excited to partner with Facebook in Nairobi to help keep people on the social platform 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,” she concluded.

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