Facebook launched a feature to help the blind to “see” images posted on its network

Apr

5

2016

Announced Facebook on Tuesday launched a new feature for users applied to any OS operating system, designed to help members of the social network of blind and visually impaired to enjoy the visual content as it does healthy.

The company, which owns the largest social network in the world with more than 1.59 billion monthly active users, that users are involved every day more than two billion a photo for Facebook, and Anstagram, and Messenger, and Watts August.

The Facebook in the publication on her blog that enjoy visual content that is published on the Internet is a challenge to the blind and people with severe weakness in sight.

She also noted that there are more than 39 million blind and more than 246 million poor eyesight feel they are excluded from the circle around the pictures talks on the social network.

To help these Facebook announced the launch of “alternative AutoText” feature Automatic Alternative Text that rely on intelligence Asntai technology to create a description for each image spread across the social network, in order to assist Applications “screen reading” used by the blind to read screen content.

He was formerly the case for those users who are using screen-reading applications that it is limited, with respect to pictures posted on Facebook, to remember the name of the publisher and he posted a picture while traffic in the page “Latest News” News Feed.

The company explained that the recognition technology elements in the pictures based on neural network owns billions of transactions, a study has trained millions of examples.

The new feature is available initially for the application of Facebook on any or feed system operator of smartphones Apple and English speakers, to be made available to other platforms and other languages ​​soon, according to what the company promised.

It should be noted that Twitter preceded in Facebook in this area, as announced last Tuesday that users can now be applied to a regular Android iMac OS add a description to the images that raising them to the service, in order to reach a larger audience, including those who It is visually impaired.

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