Using Artificial Intelligence to Help Blind People ‘See’ Facebook

By Shaomei Wu, Software Engineer and Hermes Pique, Software Engineer on iOS and Jeffrey Wieland, Head of Accessibility Every day, people share more than 2 billion photos across Facebook, Instagram, Messenger and WhatsApp. While visual content provides a fun and expressive way for people to communicate online, consuming and creating it poses challenges for people who are blind or severely visually impaired. With more than 39 million people who are blind, and over 246 million who have a severe visual impairment, many people may feel excluded from the conversation around photos on Facebook. We want to build technology that helps the blind community experience Facebook the same way others enjoy it. That’s why today we’re introducing automatic alternative text. Automatic alternative text, or automatic alt text, is a new development…


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