Facebook to Pack More Details Into Descriptions of Images for Blind, Visually Impaired People

The social network revamped its automatic alt text experience


Facebook revamped its automatic alt text experience, which provides detailed descriptions of images for people who are blind or visually impaired.

The social network introduced AAT in April 2016, using artificial intelligence and object recognition to automatically generate descriptions of photos on-demand.

Instagram added AAT in November 2018.

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AAT is available to people using screen readers, an assistive technology that converts text and other on-screen elements to speech.

Facebook wrote in a Newsroom post Tuesday, “When Facebook users scroll through their News Feed, they find all kinds of content—articles, friends’ comments, event invitations and.

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