Listen: Instagram improving accessibility for users with visual impairments
"Instagram announced new features for visually impaired, people allowing screen reader software to describe photos by reading custom descriptions, that are added by users who upload photos now if a user doesn't add a description themselves Instagram will attempt to describe what's in a photo using AI. And then read it autumn, it's automated description of a photo out loud. When the photo was scrolling by users. We'll have to go into a photos advanced settings to add one manually. So this is it's certainly an extra step. But if you've got visually impaired folks who are following you. It is a really cool that the company is is allowing this and Facebook's been doing this for some time to. Yeah, that's true. Facebook has been ahead of Instagram on this. And this is this is fantastic. If you need that kind of accessibility. I don't I be curious. I know we have a visually impaired people in the audience. So if you try this out, and you can tell which ones are the descriptions, let us know how good they are. I'd be curious if you can't tell I mean, I I think think that. that would that would tell you something right there. But I'm very curious to know how good this reading of it because that's significant. I'm a little frustrated with Instagram burying, the alternative text in the advanced settings a lot of parents don't even know there are advanced settings at Instagram. It's almost great out at the bottom of the of the post screen where you pick your options. So not a lot of people are going to do this. Sadly, I wish they would make that more prominent and say, hey, you might want to describe this for people who who can't see it. But that gets that said, maybe these descriptions ended up being pretty good. Yeah. I I would be curious. I don't know if any of you have used green or software. I have not personally. But I I have a mind to try it out just to see what what stuff I get back. Yeah. Anybody audience feedback of daily tech new Amazon you ever run into any any any friends or anybody who's needed this sort of thing? This is actually one of those things that you know, Instagram such a visual medium that I would never be personally never considered using it for visually impaired people. How do you adapt that and to see that they're using AI to to do that when the people who the setting that the hide isn't being used it actually gives me a little bit of hope gray is so the one step further away than I thought it was and if you compare it to Facebook, and and how good it has gotten that detecting faces of all of us or friends or suggesting oh, do you want to tag this person? And it's a pretty usually right? I I love to know. It's like is this is this a picture of Sarah lane? Or is it more? Like, this is a picture of a woman in a chair where arena feather shirt term. Yeah. I I'm really curious. This is a cloud in the sky like, no."