Chinese President Xi Jinping (l) and Myanmar's Leader Aung San Suu Kyi

Cyberwhoozling: Facebook apologises for tech error in Xi Jinping’s name

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Facebook has apologised for a distasteful mistranslation of Chinese President Xi Jinping’s name from Burmese language posts during his much-touted visit to Myanmar.

AFP reports Xi Jinping’s two-day visit to Myanmar’s capital Naypyidaw was the first made by a Chinese leader in almost two decades.

But the historic moment was dimmed by the automatic translation feature on Myanmar’s Facebook ─ which rendered Xi Jinping’s name from Burmese into English as “Mr. Shithole”.

The scatalogical error most notably appeared on the official Facebook page of Myanmar’s civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi.

“Mr. Shithole, President of China, arrives at 4p.m.,” said a translated announcement posted earlier Saturday.

“President of China, Mr. Shithole, signed a guest record of the House of Representatives,” it continued.

A Facebook spokesperson reportedly said the social platform “has fixed the issue regarding Burmese to English translations” on their site.

“We sincerely apologise for the offence this has caused,” they said in an e-mailed statement.

The company said it was unable to give any further details about whether the embarrassing error was due to a hack, software issues, or something else.

The platform is arguably the most popular site for news, entertainment and chat — many even see it as synonymous with the Internet.

Politicians and government agencies also use it for official statements and announcements.

However, the search engine, which has more than two billion users globally, is yet restricted in China.

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