reckons that more than one billion users
communicate using languages other than
English, hence the need to expand the
horizon and accommodate other lingua
He wrote: "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
"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
"This matters because 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 presences on the internet.
Others, like Corsican, are in danger of
disappearing altogether, according to UNESCO.
"So thanks to everyone in our community for
helping us hit this milestone of 100
languages! We'll keep working to open up our
community to everyone — no matter where
they live or what language they speak."
This may have been in fulfillment of an
earlier promise made by the seventh richest
man in the world when he visited Nigeria
some weeks ago as he said he was proud of
putting Hausa language software on his
Zuckerberg made this known while speaking
on the first day of his visit to Nigeria, which
began in Lagos state; the visit was his first
He met with youths who associate
themselves with technology companies to
further encourage them while a statement
by the Facebook company said Zuckerberg
went to Nigeria for business research.