Automatic alternative text to describe images is available at Facebook


Facebook is initially testing out this feature on iOS for people who use the social networking app in English. A such spoken message can be like: “image may contain sky, tree, outdoor,” considering that less information is better than inaccurate information.  Facebook’s neural networks have certainly seen a lot of photos and have learned how to recognize what’s in photos. People can turn on automatic alternative text by enabling VoiceOver in the Accessibility menu on iOS devices. The feature will be come available in languages other than English later. Enabling the feature is easy but requires an iPhone or iPad to use it right now. Representatives for Facebook say the feature will come to other platforms in the near future.


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