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Facebook’s Connectivity Investments to grow Africa’s Economy by $57 Billion in the next Five Years

Facebook’s Connectivity Investments to grow Africa’s Economy by $57 Billion in the next Five Years

TECHNOLOGY
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa, July 22, 2020/ -- Yesterday, Facebook (www.Facebook.com) released findings from The Impact of Facebook’s Connectivity Initiatives in Sub-Saharan Africa (https://bit.ly/2ORXiwd), a study conducted by Analysys Mason that highlights how Facebook investments in infrastructure and connectivity across the region will deliver over $57 Billion in Economic Benefits over the next five years (2020–2024).According to The Economist Intelligence Unit - Inclusive Internet Index 2020, over 800 million people in Sub-Saharan Africa are unconnected to the internet. Over the years, Facebook has invested in infrastructure and partnerships to address the barriers to connectivity, such as the lack of availability in infrastructure, affordability, relevance and readiness  to get onlin...
Twelve Facebook Leaders from Nigeria, South Africa and Kenya Selected as part of the Facebook Community Accelerator Programme

Twelve Facebook Leaders from Nigeria, South Africa and Kenya Selected as part of the Facebook Community Accelerator Programme

TECHNOLOGY
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa, July 15, 2020/ -- As part of its focus in bringing people together and building communities, Facebook (www.Facebook.com) today announced the 12 African community leaders who have been selected to join Facebook's Community Accelerator (https://bit.ly/2Wj59Hp), a six-month programme that aims to equip communities with the training, mentorship, and funding they need to grow.As part of the global Facebook Community Leadership initiative launched in 2018, the Community Accelerator programme invests in leaders who are building communities around the world; including bringing people together, offering encouragement, and driving change. Following the call for applications in March 2020, 77 community leaders from around the world were chosen, with 12 selected from Sub-S...
WORLD: Facebook to tag  mischievous posts following the on going boycott.

WORLD: Facebook to tag mischievous posts following the on going boycott.

FEATURE STORIES, WORLD
Facebook has said it will start to label potentially harmful posts that it leaves up because of their news value. The more hands-on approach comes as the social media firm is under pressure to improve how it moderates the content on its platform, including posts by US President Donald Trump. More than 90 advertisers have joined a boycott of the site. Consumer goods giant Unilever on Friday added its name to the list, citing a "polarized election period" in the US. The maker of Dove soap and Ben & Jerry's ice cream said it would halt Twitter, Facebook and Instagram advertising in the US "at least" through 2020. "Continuing to advertise on these platforms at this time would not add value to people and society," it said. "We will revisit our current position if necessary."...
WORLD:  Facebook CEO promises policy review.

WORLD: Facebook CEO promises policy review.

FEATURE STORIES, WORLD
Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg on Friday promised to review the social network's policies that led to its decision to not moderate controversial messages posted by US President Donald Trump.The announcement, which came in the form of a letter to employees, appeared aimed at quelling anger inside the company that was so severe it prompted some to quit.The outrage was sparked when Zuckerberg said Facebook would not remove or flag Trump's recent posts that appeared to encourage violence against those protesting police racism. Zuckerberg's message Friday seemed to attempt to mollify that anger: "We're going to review our policies allowing discussion and threats of state use of force to see if there are any amendments we should adopt," Zuckerberg wrote.This, he said, includes "exc...