Facebook to add more African languages

Facebook founder, Mark Zuckerberg,
says more African languages will be
added to the social media platform to
make it easier for African’s to access the
social network’s applications.

According to Nigerian media, Zuckerberg
pledged to use more Nigerian languages
in offering services on Facebook during
his business visit in the West African
nation. Facebook currently allows the
use of Hausa language –A popular
language in Nigeria and West Africa.

“I am glad we support Hausa and we are
planning on supporting a lot more
languages soon.’’ Zuckerberg is quoted
as saying.

Facebook currently supports languages
like Hausa, Kiswahili, Somali and Arabic
on its platform. More than 125 million
people in Africa use Africa use the
internet, especially among the people
aged between 15 and 25 years.

Nigeria tops the leagues table of
Facebook users in sub- Saharan Africa,
with more than 15 million users, followed
by South Africa and Kenya with thirteen
and five million users respectively
according to Internet World Stats.

However, Facebook plans to launch a
satellite that will extend Internet access
to rural parts of Africa has been halted
after a rocket carrying the satellite
busted into flames.

Zuckerberg said Facebook has other
technologies such as Aquilla (referring to
the solar-powered plane being developed
by Facebook) to make the internet
available in remote areas.

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