NAIROBI, Kenya, Feb 7 – Facebook is set to open its first sub-Saharan Africa content review centre in Nairobi.
The centre is expected to employ to 100 reviewers by the end of the year that will support a number of languages, including Somali, Oromo, Swahili and Hausa.
Facebook’s Public Policy Director Africa Ebele Okobi says this is part of the firm’s continued investment across sub-Saharan Africa and commitment to safety and security on its platform.
The centre is in partnership with Samasource – one of the largest digital employers in East Africa and a leading social enterprise.
“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,” Okobi said.
Fazdai Madzingira, Public Policy Associate for content said 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.
“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,” Madzingira added.
Carolyn Komen, Samasource Program Director said the partnership with Facebook in Nairobi will help keep Facebook safe.
“We use technology and private sector methods to measurably improve access to work and job training. 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.”