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Inaccessibility even faster: Facebook’s latest update

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Facebook's latest app update has improved the speed of the software but has failed to increase the app's accessibility, and made performing some tasks impossible for blind users.

According to Facebook, newsfeed updates will load faster and actions such as commenting and clicking 'like' will be updated in real time. However, our testing of the updated app on an iPhone 4S shows a number of features that are still inaccessible using VoiceOver.

Some of the new accessibility barriers include:

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Guides bridge the social media divide

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Today we’ve launched our guide to social media for people with a disability. The SociABILITY report is designed to help ensure that the one in five Australians who have a disability are not left on the wrong side of the digital divide.

Funded by the Australian Communications Consumer Action Network grants scheme, the report explains the current state of social media accessibility and guides users through Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, YouTube, Skype and blogging.

Media Access Australia researcher, Dr Scott Hollier, conducted an eight month qualitative study among people with a sensory or mobility impairment. Through this research, social media users with disabilities were able to share their tips and tricks so that others can gain access.

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LinkedIn

What is LinkedIn?

LinkedIn is a popular social networking tool that focuses on professional contacts. It allows users to create an online personal résumé, add other people as professional connections, participate in work-related discussions and follow the events of various organisations.

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Twitter

What is Twitter?

Twitter is a popular social networking tool that allows users to send a short, mostly text-based message up to 140 characters long known as a ‘tweet’. These tweets are then published online and can be publicly viewed. Twitter users can post their own tweets, follow the tweets of other users or contribute to a wider online discussion based on a particular topic or event.

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Social media research to be presented at global conference

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Dr Scott Hollier, Project Manager for Media Access Australia (MAA), will present his paper Social Media: a practical approach at the CSUN 27th Annual International Technology and Persons with Disabilities Conference in California.

The project, authored by MAA in partnership with the Australian Communications Consumer Action Network, researched the accessibility of various social media. This research led to the writing of user guides and tip sheets which will enable people with disabilities, particularly those who are blind or vision impaired, to participate online.

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