How Facebook Learns What Languages You Speak

Since 2011, Facebook has been rolling out translation features backed by artificial intelligence algorithms. The A.I. reads the post or comment, parses what’s being said, and then translates it into a hopefully natural-sounding translation at the click of the button. Last year, instead of asking users if they wanted to have a post translated, Facebook started automatically showing translations, and asking if users want to see the original. Now, more and more Facebook posts are automatically translated; 800 million users per month use the translation feature. But behind the scenes, Facebook is running low-level artificial intelligence on all the text uploaded to Facebook, and documenting how you interact with each language. First Facebook has to recognize the language of every post before it can translate. From there, based on the…


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