Facebook uses Bing for language translation

Facebook has introduced a new tool that lets users translate posts and comments made in a different language from inline on their Facebook page.  Microsoft’s Bing Translator powers the new feature, which will let Facebook members read any post, whether it is written in Thai, Italian, Chinese, and so on..

 

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Facebook rolling out Translate button

When the new service is fully rolled out, a Translate button will show up next to the Like button on posts or comments written in a language other than the language ticked in the user’s Facebook account.   The Bing Translator supports 37 different languages, but so far the new Translate function only works on accounts where the language is set to Japanese, Korean, Taiwanese, and Chinese.

 

The “Translate” button toggles to an “Original” button so that, after translating the post or comment will display in the original language.

 

A Bing pop up window shows up after clicking the Translate button on a Public page post, although sometimes an error will occur: “There is no translation available for this story at the moment”, or sometimes certain words do not translate.  The translation feature lets users submit their own translation, and if it receives a sufficient number of positive votes, the user submitted translation will replace Bing’s.

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