søndag 19. januar 2020

Facebook apologises after Xi Jinping's name appears as offensive insult in Burmese-to-English translation

Facebook says it is working to find out how Chinese leader Xi Jinping's name appeared as "Mr Shithole" in posts on its platform when translated into English from Burmese, apologising for any offence caused and saying the problem has been fixed. The error came to light on the second day of a visit by the President to Myanmar, where Mr Xi and State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi signed dozens of agreements covering massive Beijing-backed infrastructure plans.

A statement about the visit published on Ms Suu Kyi's official Facebook page was littered with references to "Mr Shithole" when translated to English, while a headline in local news journal the Irrawaddy appeared as "Dinner honours president shithole". It was not clear how long the issue lasted, but Google's translation function did not show the same error.