Alt text on Threads could be a thing real soon

July 24, 2023

Want to see alt text on Threads? We’ve got some good news.

The feature might become available on all platforms and to all users real soon. When Threads was released, it came with various accessibility tools, but it still lacks the capability for users to add their custom alt text to images. Instead, it relies solely on AI-generated descriptions.

In the late July update, however, an iOS update added the alt text feature to the Threads app. However, not all users have access to it, and some are encountering bugs, like the inability to edit or missing alt text fields. Developers are likely addressing these issues.

Now, according to the app’s Reddit community, some users on iOS phones have noticed the reappearance of the feature. This indicates that it may be released to a broader audience soon and could be included in future flights. 

Up until now, Meta has been actively working on implementing various features like translation, hashtags, and the follow tab. Given their efforts in this direction, the addition of the alt text feature is widely appreciated by users.

If you’re not familiar with this feature, alt text, also known as alternative text or alt tag, is a short description of an image that is used to describe the image to screen readers and other assistive technologies. Alt text is important for people with visual impairments who use screen readers to access the internet.

Alt text is also important for people who are using a mobile device with a slow internet connection. If an image fails to load, the alt text will be displayed in its place so that users can still understand the content of the post.

What are your thoughts on Meta bringing working to bring alt text on Threads? Let us know in the comments!

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