Jul 9, 2018

Facebook launches services for Inuit speakers

Facebook has announced that it is setting up services to allow Canadian Inuit people to use the social media platform in their own language. To help build the new service, Facebook is reaching out to Inuktut speakers to help crowd-source the new interface with correct translations of words and phrases currently used on the site. Inuktut is the region's majority language, and many people use Facebook to connect with family and sell items, Aluki Kotierk, president of the region's indigenous rights group said. Facebook's announcement comes days after a similar service for speakers of the Alaskan Inuit dialect Inupiaq appeared on the website, the result of a grassroots project started by linguistics student Myles Creed. Mr Creed said that adding new services to major social media sites will help indigenous languages survive.

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