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Social Media Accessibility Guidelines

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Why social media should be accessible

Example: Your Instagram photos have captions like “Come to Kafadar and enjoy free lunch on us!” or “it’s a beautiful day on campus!” but doesn’t have “alt-text” to describe the photo for non-visual users. Users won’t know if it’s a photo of Kafadar, food, or both. Alt-text helps users understand visual content better.

Who does it affect? Blind, low-vision, screen reader users (VoiceOver on iOS or TalkBack on android). Screen reader users navigate and receive information through the phone or tablet speaking what is on the screen. A person with low-vision can have the screen reader read your caption but without an “Alt-text” attached to your photo, the screen reader will not tell the user what the photo looks like.

Instagram Accessibility

To see and edit alt text for a photo before you post it on Instagram:

  1. Open the Instagram App
  2. Tap on the “open camera” tab or “+” icon located at the bottom
  3. Select an existing photo from your libary or take a photo by selecting “photo” and tap on the circle
  4. Once your photo is edited to your liking, select “Next” on the top right
  5.  Enter a caption and location if you want
  6.  Select “advanced settings” at the bottom
  7.  Select “Write Alt Text” under the Accessibility section
  8. Type a meaningful and descriptive sentence about the photo
    • Bad Example: “Group of students”
    • Good Example: “Group of Mines students cheering at a pep rally”
  9. Select the back button on the top left
  10. Select SHARE

To change the alt text of a photo after you’ve already posted it on Instagram:

  1. Go to the photo and tap  (iPhone) or(Android).
  2. Tap Edit.
  3. Tap Edit Alt Text in the bottom right.
  4. Write the alt text in the box and tap Done (iPhone) or  (Android)

How to add alt-text to Instagram photos

Facebook Accessibility

To see and edit alt text for a photo before you post it:
  1. Click Photo/Video at the top of your News Feed.
  2. Select the photo you want to add.
  3. Hover over the photo and click Edit.
  4. The automatically generated text will be shown on the left side of your photo. Click Override generated alt text to edit it.
  5. Write your alt text in the box. To change back to the automatically generated text, click Clear.
  6. To save your alt text, click Save in the bottom left.
To change the alt text of a photo after you’ve posted it:
  1. Click the photo to open it.
  2. Click  in the top right and select Change Alt Text.
  3. Click Override generated alt text or change the alt text in the text box. You can also click Clear to change your edited alt text back to the automatically generated text.
  4. Click Save.

How to add alt-text to Facebook photos

Twitter Accessibility

First, follow Twitter Accessibility account at @twittera11y

How to add image descriptions in Tweets from Twitter for iOS 

  1. Start by tapping the Tweet compose icon  and attach your photo(s).
  2. On the image, tap the +Alt button to insert descriptive text.
  3. Type your description of the image and tap Done. Tap the description again to edit it prior to posting the Tweet. (The limit is 1000 characters.)
  4. You can add a description to each image in a Tweet.
    Note: Image descriptions cannot be added to videos.

How to add image descriptions in Tweets from Twitter for Android

  1. Start by tapping the Tweet icon  and attach your photo(s).
  2. On the image, tap the +Alt button to insert descriptive text.
  3. Type your description of the image and tap Done. Tap the description again to edit it prior to posting the Tweet. (The limit is 1000 characters.)
  4. You can add a description to each image in a Tweet.
    Note: Image descriptions cannot be added to videos.

How to add image descriptions in Tweets from twitter.com

  1. Click on the Tweet compose button, or press the “n” key to use the keyboard shortcut.
  2. Attach your photo(s).
  3. To insert descriptive text, click Add description.
  4. Type your description of the image and click the Done button. To edit the description, re-open the Add description dialog prior to posting the Tweet. (The limit is 1000 characters.)
  5. You can add a description to each image in a Tweet.
    Note: Image descriptions cannot be added to videos.

How to make your Tweets accessible for Twitter