The social network will help launch a communications satellite early next year to make the internet - and Facebook's services - available to parts of Africa where internet access is currently severely restricted.
Kenya's government has threatened to clamp down on social media users who spread hate speech or fake news that could fan violence in the lead up to elections next month.
The Ethiopian government has blocked mobile internet access, saying it wants to prevent exam leaks. Ethiopia has a record of censoring the country's internet.
After a thunderous explosion rocked SpaceX's main launch pad in Florida, destroying a rocket and a satellite Facebook was going to use to beam Internet to parts of Africa, companies are counting the cost.
Social networking giant Facebook and European satellite operator Eutelsat Communications have announced that they are working together to provide satellite broadband Internet to connectivity-hungry sub-Saharan Africa.
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