Fears Twitter may ditch Welsh language after years of volunteer work

 

There are concerns that Twitter will never be available to use in Welsh after the company announced that it will be stopping volunteers from translating the social media platform.

The company has published an Engish message to the original translators saying that “public access will close on 30 November”.

The Welsh language society, Cymdeithas yr Iaith, have written to Twitter expressing concern about their intentions.

They have asked for assurances that the service will soon be available in Welsh and that translators’ work will not have been in vain.

“We hope that this isn’t the end of the work and that Twitter will be available in Welsh,” said Aled Powell, the head of the Cymdeithas yr Iaith‘s digital group.

“Considering that volunteers have given hours, days and even weeks of their lives to translate Twitter, it would be an insult not to press forward.

“Twitter needs to be available in Welsh and they need to allow companies to promote Welsh language tweets.”

Statistics provided by Indigenous Tweets show that over 14,200 Twitter accounts use the Welsh language.

Almost 5.7 million tweets have appeared in Welsh on the service.

Global companies such as Adidas and Carlsberg have also made use of the language.

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