New Facebook Tool Helps Blind People Experience Photos
Published: Apr 6, 2016

Facebook launched a new feature called “automatic alternative text” (AAT) on Tuesday, which will describe images to people who are blind or visually impaired.

Automatic alternative text is a tool that uses object recognition technology to identify and describe an image. For example, it could describe a photo as: “Image may contain three people, smiling, outdoors.”


The new tool is a part of the company’s goal of expanding social media access and making technology more helpful to people.

The update is a huge step up from the previous experience, which would say the name of the person who shared a photo and the word “photo” without adding more context.