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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:
The 2.0-magnitude earthquake struck the resort island of Lombok, east of Bali, on Sunday, killing at least 98 people and injuring hundreds more. Many Indonesian-speaking users posted concern for those affected in response to the tragedy, using the word “selamat.”
Selamat in Indonesian can be translated as both “safe” or “unhurt,” as well as “congratulations,” depending on the context. Because of this, Facebook’s algorithm misinterpreted comments expressing concern for the safety of people in Indonesia as messages of congratulations, triggering a festive animations of balloons and confetti to play whenever someone commented using the word.
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