Facebook translated a Hindi expletive to ‘Muslim’ and it’s just plain distasteful

It has been changed to "Idiot" now!

By: Express Web Desk | Updated: October 22, 2016 9:14 pm
muslim-fb_759 Facebook translated Hindi expletive to Muslim

In what can be called a bug that has gone terribly wrong, Facebook’s translate option was changing “Mada****d” to Muslims which lead to a discussion on the Internet. Some people on social media shared screenshots of the translation and called it the “most offensive translation ever” and rightly so. Thankfully, Facebook has changed it to “idiot” now. Well, it’s not even close to the literal translation but then it’s for the greater good.

To check if it was for a particular phrase using the word or translation of the word itself, some decided to run a test search and guess what, the said expletive always translated to “Muslim”.






After the issue was flagged on social media, Facebook released a statement stating that it was a bug in the system that translated profane words incorrectly. “The translation of posts happens using an automated system. Our translations team looked into the issue, and in this case found a bug in the way our system filters profanity that caused a portion of the post to be translated incorrectly. The team has corrected the translation, and is actively working on new ways to ensure that bad translations like this happen as infrequently as possible,” read the statement.

This is what it has changed to.



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  1. S
    Oct 22, 2016 at 12:38 pm
    1. A
      Oct 22, 2016 at 1:51 pm
      "Mandir agitation and gujrat riot reference to abuse Hindus".How many Hindus took agitation against Muslim when Hindus genocide in Kashmir in 90S.Haters and Italian slipper lickers reflects sick mind.
      1. A
        Oct 22, 2016 at 1:53 pm
        Not brainwashed but fake name.
        1. K
          Kim Sharma
          Oct 22, 2016 at 11:03 am
          No surprises here. FB has a way to favour people who come calling at their offices. Such is the atmosphere in the country that both the right-wing groups (Hindu and Muslim) thrive and rally supporters by preaching hatred against each other. Both behave in ways that give their rival a motive to get into heinous acts. The shriller the right-wing gets, the easier it is for the rivals to garner more supporters ready for terror. Just as the Mandir agitation gave birth to counter attacks in cities, Gujarat riots gave birth to Kasabs. Why can't this principle of opposite and equal reaction be understood by us? Don't both BJP and RSS agree on spewing poison, alienating communities so that even existing India is not akhand at least in the minds of people? Don't both remind all of us about our religious/caste idenies? Don't both BJP and RSS always desire communal polarisation? Don't both like riots and riotous situations? Aren't they on the same page on making Hindus become laughing stocks by claiming Indians, not Wright Brothers, invented aeroplane? Don't both frequently remind us about 1000 yrs of gulami and thereby tell people India was never safe when Hindus ruled as is proven even now by frequent, daily attacks on the border? Don't both BJP and RSS know well they grow well only when communal tension and social unrest are the order of the day as are now? Don't both BJP and RSS teach our children that India's freedom was won by Sonus, Chotus, Kalus, Nanajis, Balus, Gopus etc? Don't they act in unison to make people, who were not even backbenchers and waterboys of Indian freedom movement, heroes?
          1. A
            Oct 22, 2016 at 10:18 am
            How true?
            1. Q
              Quin Xie
              Oct 22, 2016 at 12:41 pm
              You are an ignoramus or a nitwit or probably a brainwashed Mullah to believe that Muslims engage in terror all around the world as a 'reaction' to anything as any other community would. Your snarky remark about "Sonus, Chotus, Kalus, Nanajis, Balus, Gopus" shows who you are.
              1. R
                Oct 22, 2016 at 2:19 pm
                In the mischief of your birth?
              2. R
                Rishabh Maheshwari
                Oct 22, 2016 at 11:16 am
                Don't some intelligent people rightly point out a extremism and rotten eggs in community, you conveniently fail to see same thing in another ? Don't some intelligent people call vote on basis of religion, 'communal ism' for one community and 'secularism' for another? Don't some intelligent people call 'Bharat Mata ki Jay' bigotry but 'Bharat tere tukde honge' a Freedom of Expression. There ar many example of double standards on both sides. And its not the job of only one side to change itself.
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