Facebook Introduces New Bing-Powered Translation Tool

Facebook yet again has silently introduced a new tool for its users that will offer inline language translation with just a single click.

The tool launched by Facebook is far different from the Google’s translation tool. This Microsoft Bing-powered translation tool is an opt-in app which is currently working on individual posts on Facebook Pages, such as comments. For instance, if you’re an English speaking person and happen to come across a comment in Spanish while reading a Facebook Public Page, you will find a ‘Translate’ button next to ‘Like’ button. On clicking this button, a pop-up window will appear with an English translation.

In order to improve the accuracy of the translator, it offers a feature for bilingual users so that they can add a human translation of any extract or words in the pop-up window. The human translation on getting better or positive response from other users on its accuracy will result in the replacement of Bing translation from the human translation. It is also important to note here that the human translations will be controlled by the page administrators via ‘manage translations’ link found under posts on the related pages.

Vadim Lavrusik, the Facebook Journalist Program Manager and former Mashable Community Manager states that the new feature is currently function only on Facebook Pages. It is not functional on Facebook Profiles yet. Those page administrators who want to activate this feature for the convenience of their multi-lingual users simply go to “Your Settings -> Allow translations from Admin, community and translators.”

(via Mashable)

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One Response to "Facebook Introduces New Bing-Powered Translation Tool"

  1. Techiecop says:

    Ya, this is Great thing that FB decided to share Translation tool with the developers. The social networking website knows that it must cajole developers to win their support and every little helps in this case. The translation tool could turn out to be a very useful one and it will be interesting to see whether Facebook launches other such tools.

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