Facebook’s New AI Feature Describes Images to Blind Users

Facebook now uses artificial intelligence to describe photos posted on the social network to blind users.Called “automatic alternative text,” this feature is currently available for iOS and will later be extended to Android and the web. With the interactions on social networking sites becoming more image-driven, the new system is Facebook’s attempt at improving the experience for the 300 million blind and visually impaired people using its social network. According to Facebook, more than 2 billion photos are posted across Facebook, WhatsApp, Instagram and Messenger every single day. Automatic Alternative Text Uses VoiceOver to Read Out Descriptions Automatic Alt Text Identifies things in Photos Automatic alt text identifies things in Facebook photos and uses Facebook’s inbuilt VoiceOver feature to read out descriptions of the photos. It currently has a very…


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