Facebook adds Hausa, Fula to its list of languages


Facebook founder, Mark Zuckerberg on Friday added Hausa, Fula and two other languages to the social media platform.

Zuckerberg while announcing the addition said it would make Facebook more appealing to users around the world.

“Facebook is now available in more than 100 languages with more than one billion people using a language other than English! Today we added Fula, Maltese and Corsican.”

“Our community makes this possible. Over the last decade, hundreds of thousands of people around the world have worked together to find the right translations for words and phrases in the Facebook interface. Because the idea of a “Like” in English may mean something different in Arabic or Japanese.”

Recall that Zuckerberg during his visit to Nigeria had pledged to include Nigerian languages- especially the Hausa language to Facebook.

”For people to share what matters to them and see what matters to the people they care about, they need services available in a language they know. Some of the languages we’ve added don’t have meaningful presence on the internet.”

“Others, like Corsican, are in danger of disappearing altogether, according to UNESCO,” Zuckerberg said while explaining his reasons for the addition.

With the recent additions, Facebook is now available in 100 different languages.