After Facebook’s launch in Swahili language, it’s now time for Persian – the native language of Iran, Afghanistan and Tajakistan. Apparently, the Iranian elections last week resulted in a lot of information in Persian being exchanged over Facebook, about the election results and aftermath. The people, however, had to navigate the site in English (or some other supported language).
The beta version of Facebook in Persian is now available, making it easier and more convenient for Persian speakers around the globe to use Facebook.
Places with Persian-speakers as mother tongue
Persian is spoken in the Middle East and Central Asia
- Afghanistan, Bahrain, Iran, Iraq, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan
- Also in various Iranian, Afghan, Uzbekistani, and Tajikistani diaspora communities in the Brazil, Bahrain, Canada, France, Germany, India, Israel, Kuwait, Pakistan, Qatar, Russia, Spain, Sweden, Turkey, Turkmenistan, UAE, USA
How does it work?
- Click here to change the language
- Select your primary language for the browser as Persian from the drop down menu.
- Once the browser is set, to Persian, you will automatically see the Persian version of Facebook.
Says Eric Kwan, Facebook engineer in a blog post:
“We could not have made this happen so quickly without the more than 400 Persian speakers who submitted thousands of individual translations of the site. Thanks to everyone who has contributed so far.”
This move is likely to attract more Persian speakers around the world to join Facebook and communicate better.