Facebook and Instagram substantially improve their photo analysis system to complete alternative texts.
The debate about privacy on the Internet is more alive than ever. The analysis of our data by large corporations seems to be increasingly precise, always with the supposed objective of showing us advertising more adapted to our tastes and needs. Focusing on Facebook, one of the elements that the company analyzes more deeply are our photos.
In them, social networks have found a succulent vein. The special moments of our lives or the relationship we have with others, the last purchase we have made or whether or not we have a pet. Everything is in the photos.
Both Facebook and Instagram analyze everything we upload. Thus, it is much easier for them to create a profile around us. In 2016, the world's largest social network added a new element to photos: alternative text. Thanks to him, people with vision problems can know the content of a photograph. This text can be added manually in each post. However, most people do not spend time filling in this field. What is the solution?
Facebook has been developing for years an artificial intelligence system capable of extracting all the details from our images. In this way, it is able to recognize 10 times more items than before. As a result, the descriptions associated with a chart are more detailed and accurate. What was once simple text like "Two people next to a building" has now become "A self-portrait of two people next to the Eiffel Tower."
Although it seems to have a noble objective, namely that people with vision problems can access all kinds of content, the exhaustive analysis applied to any photograph uploaded to Facebook or Instagram reopens the melon of respect for privacy. Is it better for the AI system to analyze each photograph itself to write an alternative text? Or perhaps it would be more suitable to educate users to do it manually, avoiding analyzing the photos?
In any case, this automated description feature will reach Facebook login page as well first, where it will be tested. Afterwards, it will spread through the rest of your services, such as Instagram.
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