Facebook will hire 100 reviewers for its first content review center in sub-Saharan Africa

  • Facebook’s first content review centre will employ approximately 100 reviewers by the end of 2019 who will support a number of languages, including Somali, Oromo, Swahili and Hausa.

Facebook is set to open its first content review centre in Nairobi, Kenya, as part of continued investment in sub-Saharan Africa and a commitment to security on the social messaging platform.

In partnership with Samasource, Facebook’s first content review will employ around 100 reviewers by the end of the year, which will support a number of languages, including Somali, Oromo, Swahili and Hausa.

Commenting on the forthcoming opening of the centre, Ebele Okobi, Facebook’s Public Policy Director, Africa, said, “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.”

Public Policy Associate Fazdai Madzingira said they have made significant investments globally, and locally in ensuring that people see the content they want to see

Madzingira said they 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.

“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… 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.”

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Carolyn Komen, Samasource Program Director 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.

What Facebook content review centre is all about?

  • The centre is in charge of what’s allowed on Facebook and content reviewers are capable of applying standards in a fair, consistent manner around the world. 

 

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