Good news for the social networking aficionados. Yes, one of your most loved networking site, Facebook is soon going to let you post in various languages – no matter you know the language or not.
The announcement came from the social media giant on Friday stating that it will allow people to create posts in multiple languages that are going to be displayed to users in their native tongue. Like, as a post is created in English, if have the liberty to choose to allow Facebook translate the post into another language, say French. So this way, when Facebook post, English-speaking users are going to see the post in English whereas Spanish speakers will see the post in Spanish.
Facebook introduces the feature so that all the posts are accessible to their huge number of worldwide users. Among the 1.09 billion active users of Facebook, around 84.2% reside outside the U.S. and Canada while 50% of all users speak a language apart from English.
This feature can be used by writing a post in the language normally used by you. Same way you can choose one among the 45 languages in a drop-down menu near the post, and Facebook is going to auto-fill a translation of the original message in the selected language. The message appears automatically to each user in the language that s/he most communicates in.
Even now, you can translate posts on Facebook by just clicking a “See Translation” button below the post and this feature varies on the basis of the use of artificial intelligence in translating as well as displaying multilingual posts.
This feature is being used by the creators of public profiles like brands, celebrities and media companies since February.
As stated by software engineers Don Husa, Shawn Mei and Necip Fazil Ayan, on the Facebook a post is created by the authors, who then chose additional language to translate the message in. Then, Facebook uses a pre-fill feature so that the original post can be translated into other languages with the use of machine learning models trained on “hundreds of thousands or millions of translations.”
The multilingual post is displayed on Facebook to a user’s native language by determining his or her location, language preferences and the language a user posts in usually.
“We’re excited to see this tool help even more people on Facebook to connect with their friends who speak different languages,” Husa, Mei and Ayan said in a statement.
This multilingual feature is one among the many changes that were announcement by Facebook this week. It was stated by the social networking giant that it’s going to increase posts from family and friends on News Feed, allowing users to create personal campaigns that helps in raising money for non-profits.
The word has that the translation services have already been stepped up by Microsoft and Google. During the last year, Microsoft presented Skype Translator for Windows that translates conversions in real-time in sex languages, such as English, French, German, Italian, Mandarin and Spanish. At the same time, Google Translate enables Android users to translate text within any app with a simple tap on it.
With this significant change, Facebook is making another move to honor its users with a change that will surely voice their thoughts in their own native language. This has been made possible with the help of the rigorous efforts done by their web development experts. We can expect a few more updates from our own loving platform in the days to come.