Accessibility of Facebook’s Photographs and Other Visual Media
Resolution 2016-19
 
Whereas, Facebook is a popular social media platform intended for use by everyone; and
 
Whereas, people who post on Facebook will often post photographs and other visual media; and,
 
Whereas, persons who are blind or visually impaired do not have the pleasure of fully enjoying the photographs and other visual media posted; and
 
Whereas, Facebook launched an automated picture recognition tool for implementing description of pictures.
 
Now, therefore, be it resolved by the American Council of the Blind in convention assembled on the 8th day of July, 2016, at the Hyatt Regency Hotel, Minneapolis, Minnesota, that this organization ask Facebook to refine its automated picture description mechanism to create descriptions which contain specific details of pictorial elements; and
 
Be it further resolved that this organization strongly encourage Facebook to develop a mechanism to prompt Facebook members who post pictures and other visual media to attach accompanying descriptions.
 
Adopted.
 
Ray Campbell, Secretary