Facebook partners Nairobi-based Samasource to Open Its First Content Review Centre in Sub-Saharan Africa

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Facebook recently opened a new content review centre in Nairobi, Kenya. In partnership with Samasource – one of the largest digital employers in East Africa.

With the deal 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.

According to Fazdai Madzingira, Public Policy Associate for content: “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.”

Facebook recently published a set of Community Standards, and a more detailed internal guidelines around these rules to make Facebook a place where people can express themselves and freely discuss different points of view, whilst ensuring that it remains safe for everyone.

Ebele Okobi, Facebook’s Public Policy Director, Africa added that Facebook’s partnership with Samasource it will be opening its first content review centre here in Africa.

Samasource which gives work to end global poverty uses technology and private sector methods to measurably improve access to work and job training and is 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,” said Carolyn Komen, Samasource Program Director.” 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.”

Recently, Facebook joined hands with more than 20 non-profit organisations and government agencies to raise awareness about Internet safety and security concerns such as cyber bullying and cyber-crime.