A group of Swahili scholars launched the new version with the permission of the California-based internet firm.
Facebook use has spread over the past five years in East and Central Africa, where most Swahili-speakers live.
Analysts say a Hausa version could be launched next in West Africa and Zulu for southern Africa. Facebook already exists in Afrikaans.
Symon Wanda, one of the project’s initiators, said they wanted to launch a Swahili version to safeguard the future of the language.
Facebook already exists in some 50 language versions.
Source: AHU – A-O David