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US News Facebook sorry for branding China's president 'Mr S***hole'

14:40  20 january  2020
14:40  20 january  2020 Source:   news.sky.com

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" President of China , Mr . S *** hole , signed a guest record of the house of representatives," it continued. A Facebook spokesperson told AFP the social platform "has fixed the issue regarding Burmese to English translations" on their site. "We sincerely apologise for the offense this has caused

Chinese President Xi Jinping talks with Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg during a 2015 meeting. Facebook is currently banned in China ( Getty Images ). Facebook translates Chinese president Xi Jinping' s name to ' Mr S *** hole '.

Xi Jinping wearing a suit and tie: Facebook blamed a 'technical error' for the mistranslation © Getty Facebook blamed a 'technical error' for the mistranslation Facebook has blamed a "technical error" after it translated the name of China's President Xi Jinping as "Mr S***hole".

The error occurred during Mr Xi's state visit to Myanmar last week when Facebook users translated Burmese into English.

The social media giant appears to have disabled Burmese to English translations following the gaffe.

A spokesperson for Facebook said: "We fixed a technical issue that caused incorrect translations from Burmese to English on Facebook.

"This should not have happened and we are taking steps to ensure it doesn't happen again."

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" President of China , Mr . S *** hole , signed a guest record of the house of representatives," it continued. Facebook apologised for the incident, blaming a The site is blocked in mainland China but not in Hong Kong and mainland companies advertise elsewhere on the platform, making China Facebook ' s

China ' s President Xi Jinping. Facebook has said a "technical issue" caused Chinese President Xi Jinping' s name to appear as " Mr Sh**thole" when translated from Burmese to English amid his visit to Myanmar.

Xi Jinping, Win Myint posing for the camera: Chinese President Xi Jinping (L) met Myanmar President Win Myint last week © Getty Chinese President Xi Jinping (L) met Myanmar President Win Myint last week The error was apparently caused by Facebook's automated translation software, which guesses the correct word to translate when it does not recognise a foreign word.

The company explained that its translation software guesses words based on their syllables when it does not understand what the direct translation is.

Facebook claimed that in similar tests of words which began with the syllables "xi" and "shi" in Burmese the same profanity was translated into English.

The error over Mr Xi's name came after staff failed to add the Chinese leader's name to a "whitelist" of known words.

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Facebook has apologised after the site translated Chinese leader Xi Jinping' s name to ' Mr S A headline in local news journal, the Irrawaddy, also read: 'Dinner honors President S *** hole .' China is Facebook ' s biggest country for revenue after the United States and the tech company is setting up a

YANGON, Jan 20 — Facebook Inc on Saturday blamed a technical error for Chinese leader Xi Jinping’ s name The error came to light on the second day of a visit by the president to the Southeast Asian country China ’ s foreign ministry declined comment. Facebook is blocked in mainland China .

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The incident is not the first time Facebook has faced problems with its handling of Burmese, which is spoken by the majority of people in Myanmar.

In 2018, Facebook boss Mark Zuckerberg told US politicians that the company's lack of Burmese-language specialists prevented its moderators from quickly detecting posts dehumanising the Rohingya minority and inciting violence.

Facebook admitted failing to do enough to prevent users inciting violence against Myanmar's minority Rohingya population following an independent assessment of its service's impact on human rights.

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