Access to information is very important. However, using Twitter, like other social media platforms, people most often receive information limited to their region of residence or the language they speak. While this may suit some users, others would be happy to expand their worldview by speaking with people from different countries and cultures.
Twitter intends to take steps to make this possible and is already busy developing a new feature that should be rolled out in the coming months. On Friday, Elon Musk announced that the platform would translate and recommend to users awesome tweets from people in other countries and cultures. He said the tweets would be translated before they would be recommended, so they will fit seamlessly into users' feeds.
There are epic tweets in other countries every day (Japan especially)— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) January 21, 2023
In a Twitter thread, Musk drew attention to the fact that Twitter users around the world are posting epic tweets. However, if they are not written in your native language or in the region you are in, then the chances of you seeing them are low. For example, Japan is the second biggest market for Twitter in terms of the number of users, and the first in terms of time spent on the platform, but you probably have not seen tweets posted in Japanese or did not pay attention to them if they appeared in your feeds.
While Twitter has a tweet translation feature, it is not that simple. First, it does not always offer the ability to translate, and users lose interest as not many will go further and take advantage of the ability to translate the text using another app or browser. Secondly, the translation is sometimes poor quality, which can completely change the meaning of the tweet.
If Twitter translates popular and interesting tweets from other countries and cultures and offers them to all users, this will greatly expand the worldview of all users of the platform, giving access to information from other countries and cultures.
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Eva Fox joined Tesmanian in 2019 to cover breaking news as an automotive journalist. The main topics that she covers are clean energy and electric vehicles. As a journalist, Eva is specialized in Tesla and topics related to the work and development of the company.