Facebook’s multilingual machine translation model has a futuristic approach for online businesses and e-commerce

Imagine that you posted a serious comment or post on Facebook, but the translation that Facebook automatically provides ruins everything and turns your serious post into a laughing matter. Such instances are fairly common in the digital world, and the reason is that most of the multilingual translating models rely on English because of the wide availability of English training data. Now, suppose, your post is in Turkish and you need a translation of that post in Urdu. What happens will, that first, these translation models will translate Turkish into English, and then English into Urdu. This way, most of the time, the text loses its original meaning or exact context. This is a huge barrier that people face on online forums and lose their chances of an efficient business and effective communication with people who do not speak their language.

Taking this issue into consideration, Facebook has recently announced its multilingual automatic translation model, which is based on its ‘M2M-100’ model. This model can translate 100 languages in any pairs, and the most awesome advancement is that through this model, one language can easily be translated into another language without relying on English in between.

As per Facebook, this is an excellent way to encourage effective communication between people belonging to different regions and countries, speaking different languages. Facebook’s translation model is far better than other models that reply in English, and according to Facebook, the performance of their model is 10 points better on the BLEU metric for the evaluation of machine translations.

By removing the middle step of translating one language into English and then English to another language, Facebook has developed this new system with a modern and futuristic approach that looks forward to much-improved communication through its platform amongst different Facebook users. No matter which country they belong to or which language they speak, this improved communication through Facebook will surely open more doors for online businesses and e-commerce amongst people.

Effective communication has proved to be a key factor for successful cross-border/cross-region businesses where language barriers are present. On a wider scale, Facebook is looking to expand the scopes of e-commerce while it also plans to launch ‘Facebook currency,’ which will be completely separate from normal currency and will bypass all the world banking systems. This project is under consideration but looks like Facebook is measuring all its prospects that can be benefitted because of improved translation solutions.

Facebook is open-sourcing its translation tools and models on a broader scale to bring more advancement and improvement to connect the world and open new windows of opportunities for everyone.

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