Facebook is using AI to help blind people ‘see’ the photos in their newsfeed

Image: Facebook As it has grown, Facebook has become the de facto digital photo album for many of the more than one billion active users of the site. However, that has made it more difficult for visually-impaired users to engage the platform. On Monday, April 4, Facebook introduced automatic alternative text, a feature that uses object recognition technology to form a description of a given photo as the user passes over it. While using the Facebook app on an iOS device, the feature would tell the user that the image “may contain three people, smiling, outdoors,” according to the official Facebook press release. SEE: Machine automation policy guidelines (Tech Pro Research) Many blind smartphone users rely on screen reader software to respond to texts, compose emails, and surf Facebook. As…


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