Identity 2016: Facebook lets blind people ‘see’ its photos

Identity 2016: Facebook lets blind people ‘see’ its photos By David Baker Technology journalist 5 April 2016 From the section Disability Media captionVisually impaired Facebook users try its new AI technologyAs the internet becomes dominated by images, Facebook is launching a system which can “read” photos and tell visually impaired people what appears in them.The internet is changing. From a medium based almost entirely on text, it is now becoming increasingly picture-led. An estimated 1.8 billion images are uploaded every day to social networks such as Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.Good news for aspiring photographers, bad news for blind or partially sighted users who often have no way of telling what is in an image – despite the available modern assistive technologies.But a new service from Facebook, being launched on Tuesday,…


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