Facebook to train 5 mn people with digital skills

Facebook on Saturday said it was aiming to train five million people on skills to help them use the digital media to expand their business and access global markets.

“Facebook is committed to enabling small businesses to reach the global economy, and we are partnering various organisations to reach out to people. We are committed to training 5 million people with digital skills and global market access by 2021,” Facebook Public Policy Director (India, South and Central Asia) Ankhi Das said.

One million trained

She added that with 10 ongoing programmes, Facebook has already trained one million people across 150 cities and 48,000 villages with support from 50 partners. These efforts — where the users are trained on using Facebook and photo-sharing platform, Instagram to build their business — are being organised under Facebook’s Community Boost programme.

“At Facebook, we want to ensure that the benefits of connectivity are realised by everyone, everywhere, in India. Our mission at Facebook is to empower local entrepreneurs with digital skills so that they can grow their business,” she said.

The training modules for these businesses in digital marketing and online safety, developed by Facebook, are available in 14 local languages.

On steps being taken to curb abusive and hate speech on the platform, including those for businesses, Ms. Das said the company had already taken down over 1.5 billion pieces of content this year that were in that realm.

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