4 July 2016
As announced by the world’s most popular social media platform, Facebook, users will soon be allowed to share their posts and comments in multiple languages.
The networking site announced that its developers already built a multilingual composer which would enable users to compose a single post that would appear in multiple languages. Other users would see the same posts in their preferred language.
It said in a statement that 50 per cent of Facebook community spoke languages other than English.
Facebook said: “We’re always thinking about ways we can help remove language as a barrier to connecting on Facebook.”
A user test has already started and anyone in the test group can enable the multilingual composer by going to the Language section of their Account Settings.
Facebook noted that the composer would be available only on desktops in the first instance, but others could view the multilingual posts across all platforms.
It said while a test-run had started with individual users, testing the composer with pages started earlier in the year.
The multilingual composer allows you to write a post in one language and then choose additional languages in which you would like it to be published.
If you write a post in English and publish it in Spanish, for example, any of your friends or followers who use Facebook in Spanish would see the Spanish translation of your post.
It is also designed to provide Facebook with valuable new data to help its translation software convert slangs and other colloquial statements from one language to another.