By Jebril Domenico – Mogadishu, Somalia, Friday, November 29, 2019.
Samochat, the new generation social media start-up set to take on Facebook has officially launched in Somalia. The platform caters to the growing demand for greater transparency and accountability in handling users’ data. Pundits now say Facebook will face a stiff competition in the East African country.
This new generation platform is designed with privacy and security in mind placing the user in the driver’s seat to give them full control over the information they share and who they share it with.
Since its launch, the app has boosted its user base to over 10,000 and is on course to hit hundreds of thousands by the next 5 Years.
With over a billion social media users in Africa alone, the opportunity to capitalize on the consumer’s demand for greater privacy control is ripe, and the network is ideally placed to tap into this stream of growth.
Abdirahim Yaasin, Founder of Samochat comments; “When designing the platform, we identified the gap created by large social media platforms, to put security and privacy at the core of our user-friendly technology.
Ultimately making social media a safe place to share information and connect with people all over the world. Our ultimate goal is to be the biggest social media platform globally, facilitating connections with family and friends.”, the software developer from Somalia said.
Keeping businesses in mind, Samochat technology is designed to create friendly blogger pages within seconds, enabling authors to use it as freelancing projects. This ultimately saves money on outsourcing the job to individually owned sites.
However, at the very core of the technology are carefully crafted safety and security settings that ensure user data to advertisers or third parties. In fact, data collection is restricted to what you provide on the Settings page and in posts: name, email address, location, creator type, etc. The rest of your data is anonymized.