Facebook to open first sub-Saharan content review centre in Nairobi

A picture illustration shows a Facebook logo reflected in a person's eye, in Zenica, March 13, 2015. Photo/reuters
A picture illustration shows a Facebook logo reflected in a person's eye, in Zenica, March 13, 2015. Photo/reuters

Facebook is set to open its first sub-Saharan Africa content review centre in Nairobi.

The centre is expected to employ 100 reviewers by the end of the year to support a number of languages, including Somali, Oromo, Swahili and Hausa.

In a statement on Thursday, Facebook's Public Policy Director

Ebele Okobi said he is happy that they will be opening the review centre in Nairobi.

"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," he said.

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.

Samasource Program Director

Carolyn Komen said 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," she said.

"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.”