Instagram introduces updates for visually impaired users

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Instagram is introducing two new improvements to make it easier for people with visual impairments to use the platform.

With more than 285 million people in the world who have visual impairments, they know there are many people who could benefit from a more accessible Instagram.

First, they’re introducing automatic alternative text so you can hear descriptions of photos through your screen reader when you use Feed, Explore and Profile. This feature uses object recognition technology to generate a description of photos for screen readers so you can hear a list of items that photos may contain as you browse the app.

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Next, Instagram is introducing custom alternative text so you can add a richer description of your photos when you upload a photo. People using screen readers will be able to hear this description.

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