Facebook, in May, announced a new translation feature for Messenger called M Translations. The new feature was built into Messenger’s artificial intelligence system, called M Suggestions, and could translate English to Spanish and vice versa. But at the time, it was only made available to buyers and sellers in Marketplace, to help them overcome the language barrier and help indulge in a smooth transaction. Now however, the company seems to be expanding the feature to all its users in the US and Mexico.
MacRumors quoted a Messenger spokesperson saying, “This is a meaningful milestone for M Suggestions and will enable people to connect with people they would not be able to communicate with otherwise in a way that is seamless and natural.” It also seems like a great initiative by the company, given the current family separation issue, being caused at the borders of US and Mexico.
Starting today, users in the two countries will see a pop up in the Messenger app, whenever they get a message in a different language. Tapping on it, will call upon Messenger’s artificial intelligence assistant M, who will offer to translate the message. Users will be prompted to enable auto-translation, and there on will translate every message that is received in a different language. Users also have the option to opt out of the feature by going into the M settings in the app.
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At the moment, M Translations works only between English and Spanish. Facebook has plans of expanding the feature to different languages from different countries.