Facebook’s New Feature Lets the Blind ‘See’ Pictures [VIDEO]

Facebook’s mission is to make the world more open and connected – and that goes for everyone.

Apr 18, 2016

More than two billion photos are shared across Facebook, Instagram, Messenger and WhatsApp every day. This vast visual content allows people to engage with one another, express themselves, and stimulate conversation. But excluded from this conversation are the 39 million people who are blind, and over 246 million who have a severe visual impairment. That is, until now.

Facebook has just released a new feature called automatic alternative text, which is helping blind people ‘see’ photos posted on Facebook. The technology generates a description of a photo using object recognition technology, and reads off a list of items the photo may contain.

This incredible feature is connecting people everywhere and, as Facebook says, “when people are connected, they can achieve extraordinary things as individuals and as a community.”

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