April 19, 2024

Meta expands AI services to Nigeria, six other African countries

Meta expands AI services to Nigeria, six other African countries

Meta Platforms Inc. expands Meta AI to Nigeria and other 12 countries

By Biodun Busari

Meta Platforms, Inc., the parent company of social media platforms – Facebook, WhatsApp, and Instagram, has expanded its AI service, called “Meta AI,” to Nigeria and other twelve countries.

Mark Zuckerberg’s company also extends the services to six other African nations including Ghana, South Africa, Malawi, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

Meta, aside from the African continent, listed Canada, Australia, Jamaica, New Zealand, Pakistan, Singapore as beneficiaries of the Meta AI.

Outside the United States, the rollout, currently in English, is targeted to improve connections and equip users with new creative, expressive, and productivity tools directly within these popular apps.

Meta disclosed this in a blog post on Thursday that since its preliminary unveiling at last year’s Connect event, Meta AI has metamorphosed into a multifaceted tool that flawlessly integrates into users’ daily lives.

With the foundation of Meta Llama 3 technology, the AI empowers users to accomplish tasks, acquire knowledge, foster creativity, and forge connections with ease.

“We’re rolling out Meta AI in English in more than a dozen countries outside of the US. Now, people will have access to Meta AI in Australia, Canada, Ghana, Jamaica, Malawi, New Zealand, Nigeria, Pakistan, Singapore, South Africa, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe—and we’re just getting started,” it read.

“Thanks to our latest advances with Meta Llama 3, Meta AI is smarter, faster and more fun than ever before,” the company stated.

Meta said its new AI is now the most intelligent AI assistant anyone can use for free, and it’s available in more countries across our apps.

With the AI in feeds, chats, searches and more across our apps, users can get things done and access real-time information without having to leave the app.

Meta CEO, Zuckerberg, said, “With our expansion of Meta AI in English to new countries, we are excited to share our next-generation assistant with even more people and make it work for you by providing real-time information through our seamless search integration in the apps you know and love.

“We’re upgrading Meta AI with our new state-of-the-art Llama 3 AI model, which we’re open-sourcing. We also built some unique creation features, like the ability to animate photos.

“It AI generates high-quality images so fast that it creates and updates them in real-time as you’re typing. It’ll also generate a playback video of your creation process.”