The tool is called “automatic alt text”, and is available now on iOS and is coming to Android and the web soon
Facebook is using artificial intelligence to understand what is in a photo and “read” it to people who otherwise wouldn’t be able to see it.
The new accessibility technology is intended to allow blind and visually-impaired people to share and take part in photos on Facebook.
Using artificial intelligence, the new tool can recognise the contents of a photo. It won’t immediately be able to do that in great deal – it will read out that a picture includes a “car”, for instance – but because it uses machine learning, it is expected to improve itself as it goes along.