Twitter speaks Swahili

The social network Twitter has recently started recognising African languages, particularly Kiswahili.

Until now, the social network had classified Kiswahili as Indonesian and translated typed texts accordingly.

However, as the platform is extremely popular in Africa, Kenyans decided to introduce an African language to the social network and launched an awareness campaign. Users shared messages with the hashtags #TwitterRecognizeSwahili and #SwahiliisNotIndonesian.

Swahili is spoken by 150 million people in Afik. It is the official state language in Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda and is widely spoken across the continent.