It has been one year since Facebook, the most widely used social media network in the world, introduced a dedicated Accessibility Team as part of its User Interface Engineering group. During this time, a number of accessibility updates were made to its mobile website, desktop website and its apps for Apple and Android devices. These accessibility updates were designed to improve how people with disabilities, particularly screen reader users, access the social network.
While there have been many accessibility updates introduced by the Accessibility Team, there are three main areas that have been improved. These include the structure of information for photos, navigation and colour contrast.
To mark one year since the team was announced, Media Access Australia looks at how some accessibility updates have improved these areas. Screen reader testing was performed using the Facebook app for iPhone and mobile website with VoiceOver, and the standard Facebook website using NVDA.
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