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Instagram is Now More Accessible to the Visually Impaired

On Wednesday, Instagram announced it is releasing new features to help visually impaired users enjoy the app. The company revealed the new automatic and custom alternative text features in a blog post. The automatic alternative text feature allows users to hear descriptions of content posted on their Feed, Explore and Profile pages. Using Facebook’s object recognition technology, descriptions will be read for those using a screen reader to use Instagram–accessible through “Advanced Settings” located on the bottom of the screen after editing a post. The second new feature, custom alternative text, allows users to add detailed descriptions when posting photos. Photo: Instagram Instagram’s announcement comes after other apps like South Africa’s BeSpecular began helping the visually-impaired with day-to-day activities. Instagram said these are just the first steps toward improvement and providing a more accessible platform.

Arriana McLymore

Nov 29, 2018