Instagram Adds New Features for Users With Visual Impairment

For people with visual impairment, Instagram just got a bit easier to use. The photo-heavy social media app announced two new features today that will let screen readers read photo descriptions generated through artificial intelligence as well as custom text written by users.

The automatic alternative text relies on object recognition to generate a description. The feature can be used on Instagram’s Feed, Explore, and Profile pages. Essentially, you’ll be able to scroll through a feed and hear what Instagram’s software thinks it sees in each photo as you browse.

Instagram is also letting users write more in-depth alt text when they upload photos. So in addition to an incredibly witty caption like “Had an amazing photoshoot with ... #canon #profoto”, you’ll be able to access an alternate text option inside an advanced settings page. In it, you could write a more functional description like, “I took this photo of ... , a guy who's a...


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