Facebook to let users create posts in multiple languages


The social networking giant announced Friday it will allow people to create posts in multiple languages, which will then display to users in their native tongue.

In other words, if you create a post in English, you can choose to let Facebook translate the post into another language, like Spanish. When it posts, English speaking users will immediately see the post in English, while Spanish speakers will see the post in Spanish.

Facebook is introducing the feature to make all posts accessible to their vast numbers of global users. Of Facebook’s 1.09 billion daily active users, 84.2% live outside the U.S. and Canada, and 50% of all users speak a language other than English.

To use the feature, you simply write a post in the language you normally use. You can then select one of the 45 languages in a drop-down menu near the post, and Facebook will auto-fill a translation of the original message in the selected language using artificial intelligence. Your message will automatically appear to each user in whatever language they usually communicate with.

Though Facebook already allows you to translate posts by clicking a “See Translation” button under the post, this feature differs through its use of artificial intelligence in both translating and displaying multilingual posts. Creators of public profiles to brands, celebrities and media companies have already been using this feature since February.

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