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.
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.
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.
Since Ethiopia declared a six-month state of emergency, mobile data and numerous social media sites have been blocked leading young people to adopt 'old-school' solutions for maintaining their social lives.
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