News: Facebook now helps visually impaired ‘see’ their photos…

Hey everybody!! Today in disability news Facebook has implemented a new software that will ultimately allow visually impaired people to “see” photos on their feed.  The software designed by Matt King and his developmental team at Facebook will decode and describe images uploaded so that they can be turned into text.  This will make it easier to be read by screen readers. Facebook says, they have trained their software to recognize eighty or more objects and activities.  The more it scans the better it works.


Some of the words it knows are basic such as:

  • Transport – car, boat, airplane, bicycle, train, road, motorcycle, bus

  • Environment – outdoor, mountain, tree, snow, sky, ocean, water, beach, wave, sun, grass

  • Sports – tennis, swimming, stadium, basketball, baseball, golf

  • Food – ice cream, sushi, pizza, dessert, coffee

  • Appearance – baby, eyeglasses, beard, smiling, jewelery, shoes – and selfie

Jeff Wieland, of Facebook’s accessibility team says the site is trying to make it easy to use in all communities. This comes a month after Twitter implements a feature where you can add descriptive text to images.   So, honestly I believe many other social media sites will be following suit soon.  This is only the beginning!


For more on this story check out BBC News at

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