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Offline Rick Law

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I suppose this is a lesson in the danger of relying on computer language translation.  It could start a war.

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Facebook on Saturday apologized for mis-translating Chinese President Xi Jinping's name to "Mr. Shithole" in posts on the site translated from Burmese to English.
According to Reuters, mistranslation was first discovered in a post on Myanmar's State Counselor Office page, discussing a meeting between leader Aung San Suu Kyi and Xi. When translated from Burmese to English, the post referenced Xi as "Mr. Shithole" numerous times.
According to the statement, Facebook did not have Xi's name in its Burmese database, which led to the embarrassing gaffe. Essentially, without a reference, Facebook's system was forced to guess the translation of Xi's name, and similar tests in Burmese on words that begin with "xi" and "shi" produced "shithole."

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EDIT: Corrected wrong bolding of text and a missing line.
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Offline Leiothrix

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The problem is that their translation is still correct  :)

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