Facebook has always touted photos as a form of expression. And on Monday, the social media giant unveiled artificial intelligence that allows blind users to join in on the conversation.
A voice from Facebook's new technology reads: "What's on your mind? Shaomei Wu. March 6 at 10:14 p.m. With my college buddies in my favorite place -- ready for a great weekend! Photo. Image may contain: tree, sky, outdoor."
"One or more people. Jewelry. Smiling. Nineteen likes. Three comments –– like," a voice from the new technology reads.
"Now I can see the picture in my head, like, 'Yeah you shouldn't have been that close up,'" a blind Facebook user said.
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The original Facebook homepage from 2004 with a small picture of Al Pacino in the top left corner.
At the same time, Facebook introduced the Mini-Feed. But the entire concept of a News Feed resulted in some very public outrage. Some users even went so far to call one of Facebook's product managers the devil.
Facebook also owns a bunch of other popular apps, most notably Instagram, which the company bought for $1 billion in 2012. With more than 400 million monthly users, that seems like a steal nowadays.
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2015 was a big year for Facebook that saw its first ever day with one billion users online simultaneously. The company had figured out how to make money from mobile too, turning it into a $300 billion business.
Today, more than 1.5 billion people use the social network every single month.
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And more than 1.4 billion people use it on their mobile phones every month. Not bad, considering 12 years ago smartphones didn't even exist.
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Here's the Facebook homepage today, on its 12th birthday.
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Facebook is calling this new feature automatic alternative text. Before this, blind users would only hear the name of the person who posted the image and the word "photo" when they scrolled past images in their news feed.
The company's object recognition technology reportedly holds billions of parameters, which allows the new automatic alternative text tool to say what's in each photo.
Right now, the alternative text is only available in English and accessible on iOS devices. But Facebook says it plans to add other languages and platforms soon.
"Even having three words just helps flesh out all the details that I can't see. That makes me feel included, and like I'm a part of it too," a blind Facebook user said.