Facebook Releases Site in Canadian French

    - More than 1,200 Canadian French-speaking users take part in translation

    PALO ALTO, CA, April 6 /CNW/ - Facebook today announced that Canadian
French is available on its site, marking another milestone in the company's
efforts to create the best possible experience for people everywhere to
connect with their friends, family and co-workers, no matter where they live
or what language they speak. More than 1,200 Canadian French-speaking Facebook
users chose to take part in the translation effort. Using a Facebook-built
Application for user-based translations, Canadian translators join a worldwide
community of about 215,000 Facebook translators who have helped make Facebook
available in more than forty languages across the globe.
    Jimmy Lavoie, 17, an avid Facebook user from Québec, was the most
prolific translator. "As I worked on the translation, my goal was to help
create a site that feels natural and comfortable to French Canadians. I like
the French language and I try to protect it, on the Internet and in real
life," wrote Lavoie in a guest posting on Facebook's company blog. "I'm
especially proud of Québec French, also called Canadian French, which is
recognized as a different dialect from the European French language."
    To complete the translation from English to Canadian French, users who
added the Facebook translation application were allowed to submit translations
while browsing the site. The community then approved all translations through
a voting system that "voted up" or "voted down" each translation. For example,
users agreed on citing both "cégep" and "université" as the translation for
"college" in the "Info" section of the Profile page. Many translators, like
Jimmy Lavoie, were motivated by the desire to enable fellow Canadian French
speakers to have conversations on Facebook in the language they are most
comfortable using, just as they do offline - on the phone, in a local café, or
on email. Although a French-language version of Facebook has been available
since 2008, Jimmy wanted to create a home-grown Canadian French, or
"canadienne française" version of the site.
    Facebook users who want to view Facebook (www.facebook.com) in Canadian
French can change their language preferences in their account settings. People
can now also access the mobile site in their supported language through any
device with Web capabilities. To sign up for Facebook, users can go to
www.facebook.com or visit m.facebook.com from any mobile device with internet

    About Facebook

    Founded in February 2004, Facebook's mission is to give people the power
to share and make the world more open and connected. Anyone can sign up for
Facebook and interact with the people they know in a trusted environment.
Facebook is a privately-held company and is headquartered in Palo Alto, Calif.

    Facebook(R) is a registered trademark of Facebook Inc. Other names may be
trademarks of their respective owners.

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For further information: Alex Brown, Alex B. & Associates, Toronto,
Canada, alex@alexb.ca, (416) 903-5542

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