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Facebook looks to break language barriers with new translation tool

Sharon Gaudin | July 4, 2016
Testing begins for tool that translates posts into preferred language for different users

Patrick Moorhead, an analyst with Moor Insights & Strategy, called this a big challenge for Facebook since mis-translated posts could lead to embarrassed, and exceptionally angry, users.

"It's a very tough task to accurately make posts and comments multilingual," he said. "Perfect language translation is a chore, but slang, humor and sarcasm are even more difficult. Just think of how many times young kids talk to you in your language and they still don't know what you are saying."

Olds added that this is where A.I. will play a critical role.

 

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