The service, which could become available in a matter of weeks in the United States, will be embedded into the social media giant’s M digital assistant, which will use a type of artificial intelligence to detect the language being used.
Users will be able to turn on translation if they desire. At the outset, translation only will be available for English and Spanish, although Facebook said in a statement that it will “expand this feature” with functionality for other languages and “gradually roll out” the service to countries beyond the U.S. Marketplace user base.
“Now when people connected through Marketplace receive a message in a language that is different from their default language in Messenger, M will ask them if they want to translate the message,” stated Facebook. “This will help drive commerce between buyers and sellers despite language barriers. At launch, translations from English to Spanish (and vice-versa) will be available in Marketplace conversations taking place in the U.S.”