June 20, 2021

Facebook blames ‘technical issue’ for offensive Xi Jinping translation

Facebook has apologised for translating Chinese President Xi Jinping’s name from Burmese to English into an obscenity on its platform.

The translation gaffe came to light on the second day of Mr Xi’s state visit to Myanmar.

On Saturday, Mr Xi met with Myanmar’s leader Aung San Suu Kyi to enhance bilateral relations.

In Burmese Facebook posts about their meeting, Mr Xi’s name in English was translated erroneously.

His name appeared as “Mr Shithole” in Facebook posts shared on the official accounts of Ms Suu Kyi and her office.

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