Technology Facebook Shows Balloons, Confetti on Earthquake Posts

20:11  08 august  2018
20:11  08 august  2018 Source:   newsweek.com

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Facebook users posting about the deadly earthquake that struck Indonesia Sunday were surprised to find that some comments triggered an animation of balloons and confetti

Indonesian rescuers search for bodies under the debris of collapsed buildings in northern Lombok, Indonesia, on August 8, 2018, three days after the earthquake. © SONNY TUMBELAKA/AFP/Getty Images Indonesian rescuers search for bodies under the debris of collapsed buildings in northern Lombok, Indonesia, on August 8, 2018, three days after the earthquake. Facebook expressed regret after users' posts about an earthquake in Indonesia were accidentally adorned with animated balloons and confetti. 

An algorithm set off the animation when users wrote selamat in the wake of the environmental disaster on Sunday in Lombok that claimed the lives of over 100 people and tens of thousands homeless. The Indonesian word has multiple English translations, including “congratulations,” “happy,” “unhurt” and “safe,” depending on the syntax.  

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show ad. Facebook says it 'regrets' users seeing their sympathy messages adorned with confetti and balloons when posting about the Indonesian earthquake as death toll spirals to 347. Word for 'congratulations' in Indonesian can also mean 'unhurt' or.

Facebook Apologizes for Algorithm Mishap That Threw Balloons and Confetti on Indonesia Earthquake Posts . Facebook ’s algorithm that triggers balloons and confetti when users write the word “congratulations” on the site is usually just a festive add-on.

Herman Saksono, a Ph.D. student in computer science at Northeastern University, raised the issue Sunday on his Twitter account.

“After the 6.9 magnitude earthquake in Lombok, Facebook users wrote 'I hope people will survive.' Then Facebook highlighted the word 'selamat' and (threw) some balloons and confetti,” he tweeted. The post was retweeted more than 1,500 times, gaining Facebook’s attention.

Christopher Blizzard, the developer relations lead at Facebook, responded to Saksono’s post on Monday. “Thanks for reporting this. This has been disabled,” he wrote

Facebook confirmed to Newsweek that the feature had been halted in the region.

“This feature (a text animation triggered by typing 'congrats') is widely available on Facebook globally, however we regret that it appeared in this unfortunate context and have since turned off the feature locally,” the social network said in a brief statement.

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Facebook expressed regret after users' posts about an earthquake in Indonesia were accidentally adorned with animated balloons and confetti . An algorithm set off the animation when users wrote selamat in the wake of the environmental disaster on Sunday in Lombok that claimed the lives of

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“Our hearts go out to the people affected by the earthquake,” the spokesperson added.

The statement was first reported by Motherboard.

Twitter users suggested the mistake proved Facebook needed to conduct further testing of the feature, which is also known as “Text Delights.” The company expanded it in October 2017 to include more trigger words, including “thank you so much” and “BFF,” Mashable reported.

“More evidence we still need human translators until automatic translation has improved,” one Twitter user noted.

Another added: “This is why user research and testing are so important.”

The earthquake in Lombok left hundreds of tourists stranded, as airports filled with people attempting to leave the resort island, according to The New York Times. There were more than a dozen aftershocks, the newspaper reported.

The Indonesian Red Cross has been providing consistent aid while documenting rescue attempts on Twitter.

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