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Twitter launches translation service for non-Arabic speakers

Last Updated: Friday, July 5, 2013 - 19:19

London: A new Twitter service automatically translates tweets of leading figures for global understanding of Egyptian issues.

BBC reports that Twitter is using Microsoft Bing translator as an experiment, covering European languages such as Italian, French and Spanish, before extending it to Arabic.

According to the report, non-Egyptians were able to read the tweets of Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi in their local languages, as Egypt`s military ousted on him on Wednesday.

Twitter has provided a list of all the Egyptian accounts it is translating, called `egypt2013`, which has 63 members, report added.

Twitter translation service could give journalists unfiltered access to new sources as well as the archives.

Dr Miles Osborne, from the University of Edinburgh`s School of Informatics, said that Twitter can bring added value, over traditional news outlets, by spreading the word on events not heard of and bringing local perspectives on major news items.


First Published: Friday, July 5, 2013 - 19:19
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