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Facebook challenges developers in the Middle East and Africa to create the smartest Bots for Messenger

Developers, in teams of up to three people, are invited to create bots in three categories: gaming and entertainment; productivity and utility; and social good

Facebook (www.Facebook.com) is challenging developers across the Middle East and Africa to create innovative bots in the Bots for Messenger Developer Challenge. This aligns with Facebook’s commitment to promote innovation in the Middle East and Africa by providing developers and start-ups with the tools they need to build, grow, monetize, and…

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Facebook rallies partners to unite for a safer, better Internet

Facebook is partnering with public sector agencies and non-governmental organisations from across Africa under the rallying call “Be the change: unite for a better Internet”

Today is Safer Internet Day (SID) (www.SaferInternetDay.org) and Facebook (www.Facebook.com) has launched a series of initiatives to help make the Internet a safer and better place for people across Africa, especially children and the youth. Facebook is partnering with public sector agencies and non-governmental organisations from across Africa under the…

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Facebook outlines Plans to grow its African Ecosystem at AfricaCom 2016

More than 150 developers and entrepreneurs gathered for Facebook’s first FbStart event in Africa on 15 November

Facebook (www.Facebook.com) had a strong presence at AfricaCom 2016 in Cape Town, in line with its commitment to fostering a strong relationship with its connectivity partners and application developers across Africa. In addition to hosting its first-ever African FbStart workshop for developers, Facebook also shared how it is empowering local…

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Facebook keynotes CyberXchange Conference and releases Safety Center to promote Online Safety and Bullying Prevention

The Safety Center is available in over 50 languages, works well on mobile devices, and includes step-by-step videos on a variety of popular safety topics

Just two months after Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg traveled to Nigeria and Kenya to meet with developers, partners, and entrepreneurs, Alex Stamos, Chief Security Officer at Facebook, gave a keynote address at the CyberXchange (http://Cyberxchange.com) security conference in Lagos, Nigeria about the company's approach to keeping people safe and making…

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Facebook CEO visits Nairobi to see Kenyan Innovation in Action

Zuckerberg is in Kenya to see how technology innovation is changing the country

Facebook (www.Facebook.com) CEO Mark Zuckerberg is visiting Kenya this week on his first trip to Africa, using his time in the country to visit the iHub technology hub in Nairobi, meet with developers and partners, and explore how the country’s pioneering mobile money ecosystem is evolving. Zuckerberg is in Kenya to…

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Facebook CEO goes to Nigeria to witness Africa's tech revolution

Zuckerberg is in Nigeria to listen and learn and take ideas back to California on how Facebook can better support tech development and entrepreneurship across Africa

Facebook (NASDAQ:FB) (http://www.Facebook.com) CEO Mark Zuckerberg is visiting Nigeria this week on his first trip to Africa, using his time in the country to visit the Yaba technology hub in Lagos, meet with developers and partners, and explore Nollywood. Zuckerberg is in Nigeria to listen and learn and take ideas…

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Facebook partnered with She Leads Africa in support of female African entrepreneurs

Initiative to encourage women across the continent to start their own businesses and help drive prosperity for their countries

Facebook is supporting and sponsoring She Leads Africa (www.SheLeadsAfrica.org), an African enterprise and women’s business-focused movement, to help ensure female entrepreneurs and professionals across the world unlock their full potential. She Leads Africa’s (www.SheLeadsAfrica.org) hugely successful bootcamp programme, SheHive (www.SheLeadsAfrica.org/SheHive-London), was held in London from August 18th-21st 2016. The four-day…

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Facebook celebrates Young African Creatives at The Loerie Student Awards

The Facebook Challenge will become an official Loerie Award in the Student Category from 2017

Facebook (www.Facebook.com) celebrated the creativity and excellence of young African creatives at The Loerie Awards for 2016, the premier annual advertising awards in the advertising industry in Africa and the Middle East. In addition to sponsoring The Loerie Student Awards for 2016, Facebook hosted a range of events aimed at…

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Aquila's First Flight: a Big Milestone Toward Connecting Billions of People

Aquila's first flight is part of Facebook’s overall commitment in overcoming the remaining barriers to universal connectivity

Facebook (www.newsroom.FB.com) is accelerating its efforts to bring internet connectivity to the four billion people around the world who are not yet online, with the goal of contributing to prosperity, progress and development around the globe. The company’s Connectivity Lab has reached a major milestone in this ambition with the first…

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Facebook launches new products to offer increased support to prevent suicide and self-harm

By Antigone Davis, Global Head of Safety and Jennifer Guadagno, Researcher at Facebook

Today we're updating the resources we offer to people around the world who may be experiencing self-injury or suicidal thoughts, as well as the support we offer to their concerned friends and family members. Developed in collaboration with mental health organizations and with the input from people who have personal…