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US SENATOR ASKS FACEBOOK TO ISSUE USER AGREEMENT IN SWAHILI.

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A US Republican senator has come under fire from social media users after he told Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg to use English and not Swahili during a Senate hearing on Tuesday.

Senator John Kennedy, a Republican from Louisiana, was questioning Zuckerberg on Facebook’s user agreement, which he said is too complicated, is designed to protect Facebook and not to inform users of their rights.

Zuckerberg had been summoned by the US senate in the wake of revelations that data firm Cambridge Analytica improperly accessed the information of 87 million Facebook users.

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Senator Kennedy asked Zuckerberg to instruct the company’s lawyers to write a user agreement that is not in Swahili.

“I am going to suggest to you that you go back home and you rewrite it and tell your $1,200-an hour lawyers, no disrespect, they’re good, but tell them that you want it written in English and not Swahili, so the average American can understand it. That would be a start,” Senator Kennedy told Zuckerberg.

Social media users have criticized the senator for the “Swahili” reference, calling it a racial slur.

Swahili is not an acceptable metaphor for tech lingo you don’t understand. Swahili is a language spoken in Eastern African countries. It is a trade language merging Arabic and Bantu languages originating in Zanzibar a millennia ago. Just in case anyone was wondering.

A sitting U.S. senator just told Zuckerberg that Facebook’s user agreement needs to be written in “non-Swahili.” Racial microagressions, much? Swahili is no more confusing than French or German. But clearly, African languages are SO DAMN CONFUSING.

While Facebook’s user agreement is understandably complicated for users of the application in the United States, it is equally confusing for the millions of its users outside the US who include almost 100 million Swahili speakers in East African nations like Kenya and Tanzania.

Swahili has grown to be Africa’s most ‘internationally recognized language’ and was adopted by the African Union as an official language in 2004.

The senator later told CNN ‘there is nothing to apologize for. I think everyone understood the point I’m trying to make’, when told about the outrage his remark caused.

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Nigerian President Buhari Warns Ballot box snatchers to value their lives

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President Muhammadu Buhari has warned those planning to snatch ballot boxes during the elections to desist or pay with his or her life if caught.



President Buhari who stated this at the opening session of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Caucus meeting in Abuja, on Monday, said that such act would be the last unlawful act the person will be brought to book.

Meanwhile, the governors of Imo, Rochas Okorocha and Ogun, Ibikunle Amosun were conspicuously absent at the meeting.

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Buhari who said he is confident that he has garnered enough supporters having gone round the country to campaign, urged party members to reassure their constituents to come out and vote on the rescheduled dates.

While urging party agents to watch out for the party interests at the polling units the president said that he has directed security agencies to identify hot spots and be ready to move should they suspect any attempts to cause problems by thugs across the country irrespective of party affiliations.

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DR Congo blame Unending Ebola Outbreak on Violence , Community Mistrust.

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DR Congo Ministry of Health spokesperson Jessica Ilunga has declared that violence and community mistrust have continued to hamper all efforts to control and end the fresh Ebola outbreak, which started Aug. 1.



Though according to the World Health Organization the number of new Ebola cases has dropped slightly in the Democratic Republic of the Congo as there are 33% fewer cases to date in February compared with the same time period in December per STAT’s Helen Branswell, but some experts warn Axios that there remain signs that this outbreak is far from over.

Meanwhile, some experts warn that, that doesn’t mean the world’s second-largest Ebola outbreak on record is yet under control, and in fact it could simply be moving to new areas of the sprawling country.

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Johns Hopkins’ public health expert Jennifer Nuzzo maintains there are several reasons people should continue to view this outbreak as a cause for concern.

However, Nuzzo said Congo needs more than money from the international community and the U.S. in particular. Safety concerns have largely caused the CDC to limit its Ebola experts to the capital city of Kinshasa, where some have returned after being evacuated during an uptick in election-related violence, Nuzzo added that Now is the time for the U.S. to send them into the field.

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