Instagram Readies Automatic Translation

Instagram Readies Automatic Translation
Instagram users will soon be able to translate posts and bios into their own language at the touch of a button.

(CCM) — Instagram is putting the final touches on a new service which automatically translates captions, comments, and profile bios written in foreign languages, the company has revealed. The company expects that, within the next four weeks, a "See translation" button will appear when users encounter Instagram content displayed in a supported language different from their own. The company has not yet revealed how many languages will be supported when the service is launched. "The Instagram community has grown faster and become more global than we ever imagined. And we’re excited that you’ll soon be able to understand the full story of a moment, no matter what language you speak," the company said today.

Earlier this week Instagram announced that its user base has become increasingly international. Of its 500 million monthly active users, over 80% live outside the U.S., the company said. The launch of Instagram's translation services comes some 18 months after Twitter launched a tweet translation service on its website and in its mobile apps. Facebook, which bought Instagram in 2012 for $1 billion, launched a translation service for its posts in 2011.

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