Instagram introduces a new feature on its apps to make the platform more accessible to visually impaired users. The company introduces a new feature powered by machine language that will automatically describe the content of an image to users who use screen readers. The feature uses object detection technology to automatically detect what is in the image as well as a rough idea of what is happening in the image to make Instagram increasingly accessible to users.
Of course, the function may not always be perfect, therefore Instagram allows users to enter custom Alt text for all posts describing the post of people with visual impairment. This feature already exists on platforms like Twitter, and it's a very nice way to make sure nobody is omitted.
Instagram, out of all social networks, is the last place you can expect to be available to visually impaired users. And it's very nice to see Instagram put the effort to make it change and support all its users with vision impairment.
Tagged with Availability, Instagram, Object Recognition