Oct 22, 2017

Israel Facebook: Mistranslated post creates security alert

Israeli police arrested a Palestinian man last week after a Facebook post he made saying "Good morning" in Arabic was mistranslated to read "Attack them" in Hebrew, local media have reported. The post showed a photo of the worker next to a bulldozer in the West Bank. There is only one difference in lettering between the colloquial Arabic phrase for "Good morning to you all" and "Hurt them", pointed out The Times of Israel. No Arabic-speaking officer was consulted before the arrest was carried out, say reports, with officers wholly dependent on Facebook's automatic translation. "Russians" was translated to "Occupiers".

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