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Meta Trains Over 107,000 Individuals In Digital Literacy

The giant tech company, Meta has revealed that it trained more than 107,000 participants in its digital literacy skill programme for responsible and safe use of digital platforms in over 26 African countries of the world in 2022.

It was gathered from the firm’s ‘2022 key milestones in Africa’ report. It was revealed that the participants were basically youths, educators, and the general public, and they were trained through its ‘My Digital World’ skill programme. The digital company also revealed that it trained more than 80,000 individuals on it Small and Medium Businesses and non-profits across Sub-Saharan Africa continent through its various economic and social impact programmes.

The Country Director SSA, Meta, Enitan Denloye, revealing this development said that, “We remain invested in Africa and the various communities we support here in the region.

“Our work continues to be rooted in giving people the power to build community, whilst bringing the world closer together – whether as SMBs, creators or tech innovators. We believe Africa, and the immense talent this region holds will continue to play a key role in Meta’s journey.”

The Meta SSA while highlighting some of the milestones for 2022, revealed that the giant firm launched the popular feature on Facebook ‘Reels’ across 20 countries in Sub-Saharan Africa to help creators monetise their crafts on the platform, connect with, and discover new audiences in News Feed and Groups on Facebook.

He said “Rolled out Facebook Protect in Mauritius and South Africa, a programme designed to provide increased protections around the world for journalists, activists and human rights defenders. #StaySafeOnInstagram in Ghana and Nigeria — Unveiled an education campaign focused on enabling users to take steps to protect their accounts from phishing and hacking.”

The firm further revealed that it collaborated with eight local and global partners in the world to announce the landing of the 2Africa subsea cable system to Genoa, the republic of Italy which now connects three solid continents which are: Africa, Europe, and Asia making the company the most extended subsea cable system ever developed at more than 45,000 kilometres ever since it started.

It added that “AMBER Alerts in Nigeria — In partnership with the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons, launched AMBER Alerts, a programme aimed at helping to find abducted children by sending AMBER Alerts to the local Facebook and Instagram community.”

Meanwhile, the firm had recently announced it plans to manage and control how the platform would be used during the forthcoming 2023 election cycle. Also, this same year, 2022, the Meta company, like many other digital firms announced a mass layoff of 11,000 workers.

Meta did not mention the specific regional information concerning those affected by the company’s layoff policy.

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