Facebook to break language barriers with new tool soon
Millions of Facebook users will soon be able to connect with more people around the world by sharing their posts and comments in multiple languages.
Houston, Texas: Millions of Facebook users will soon be able to connect with more people around the world by sharing their posts and comments in multiple languages.
The world's largest social networking site announced that its own developers have built a multilingual composer. The tool enables users to compose a single post that will appear in multiple languages. Other users will see that post in their preferred language.
"People use Facebook to share information and ideas in many different languages," the Facebook team wrote in a blog post.
"In fact, 50 percent of our community speaks a language other than English and most people don't speak each other's languages, so 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. The composer, Facebook noted, is only available for desktops now, but others can view the multilingual posts across all platforms.
According to Facebook, while the site is just beginning to test the service with individual users, they began testing it with pages earlier this year.
The "multilingual composer," as the feature is called, 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 but publish it in Spanish, for example, any of your friends or followers who use Facebook in Spanish would see that Spanish translation of your post.