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Facebook adds Alaska’s Inupiaq as language option

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — An Inupiat Eskimo language option is now available on Facebook, thanks to Alaskans who made it a reality through the social media giant’s community translation tool.

The tool was launched a decade ago, and has allowed users to translate bookmarks, action buttons and other interface functions in more than 100 languages around the globe. The Inupiaq addition recently went live for those who employ Facebook’s internal translation tool.

With the tool, it’s the users who do the translating. Words are confirmed through crowd up-and- down voting.

For now, Facebook is being translated into Inupiaq only on facebook.com and is not visible on the Facebook app.

The Inupiaq feature is currently in mid-translation. While a language is in the process of being translated, only those who use the translation tool are able to see it.