Facebook founder, Mark Zuckerberg yesterday added Hausa language, Fula, and two others, Maltese and Corsican to Facebook, making the social media platform become available in more than 100 languages.
Zuckerberg announced this expressing optimism that the addition has halted the disappearance of some of the added languages.
“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,” he said.
The Fula language, also known as Fulani, is a non-tonal language spoken in Northeastern Nigeria and in a continuum that stretches across some 20 countries of Western Africa and Central Africa.
Spoken as a first language by the Fula people, it is also spoken as a second language by various peoples like the Kirdi of Northern Cameroon.