Incident 414: Facebook Gave Vulgar English Translation of Chinese President's Name

Description: Facebook provided a vulgar Burmese-English translation of the Chinese president's name in posts of an official Burmese politician's Facebook page announcing his visit.


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Alleged: Facebook developed and deployed an AI system, which harmed Xi Jinping and Aung San Suu Kyi.

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Facebook says technical error caused vulgar translation of Chinese leader's name · 2020

YANGON (Reuters) - Facebook Inc FB.O on Saturday blamed a technical error for Chinese leader Xi Jinping’s name appearing as “Mr Shithole” in posts on its platform when translated into English from Burmese, apologizing for any offense caused…


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