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Facebook launches language option for Alaska's Inupiaq

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Facebook has added Inupiaq, a indigenous language spoken in northern Alaska, as an option to its community translation tool, per the AP.

The details: It's only available on the Facebook website, not its app — at least for now. Facebook spokeswoman Arielle Argyres told the AP that the social media giant will soon add Cherokee and Canada’s Inuktut language. "It’s important to have these indigenous languages on the internet. Oftentimes they’re nowhere to be found. So much is carried through language — tradition, culture — and so in the digital world, being able to translate from that environment is really important," Argyres said.

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