Facebook Helps Blind Users See Photos With “Automatic Alternative Text”

Facebook Helps Blind Users See Photos With “Automatic Alternative Text”
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Facebook, the most happening social networking site in the world, is finally ready for millions of blind and visually-impaired people with an artificial intelligence technology to describe photos to them. The new tool is called the “automatic alternative text” that uses object recognition technology to understand and identify an object.


Blind people will have access to screen readers on Facebook with which they will be able to hear and even visualize every details in a photo posted on the social platform. This new innovation is a sheer call to help the blind community experience Facebook in the same manner like any other user.

With regard to this, Jeffrey Wieland and Hermes Pique wrote in a post on the internet, “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.”

So, what are screen readers? They are software programs that can scan texts flashed on screen and then translate the information into speech or Braille. The main objective is to help visually-challenged individuals with texts and pictures, CNBC reported.

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Automatic alt text, is another popular software used in iOS that recognizes objects in photos using a machine learning. What’s intriguing is that machine learning enables to build artificial intelligences by using algorithms for making the right guesses.

As reported by The Verge, automatic alt text helps to identify details in Facebook photos by using the iPhone’s VoiceOver feature (Also read this). This helps to read descriptions of the images to the readers with maximum clarity. If you are wondering how the technology works, then know this that the software easily identifies a real dog since it is acquainted with several pictures of dogs in its development stage.

There are still ample scopes of development in the technology, but as of now, it can be used to identify concepts, such as, transportation (airplane, car, boat), food (sushi, etc), nature (ocean, sunset, snow), sports (basketball, etc) and so on.

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