Facebook is working on a new text-to-speech (TTS) feature, which will allow users to write stories on the platform without having to use one at all.
Making a platform accessible to the average disabled user and member of a community of people with different disabilities is rarely seen online. To be fair, the installation of certain art figures and the like cannot support braille either, as adding it to a virtual screen would result in literally no one being helped. The person in question was a neighbor of my relatives at one point and received almost no major rehabilitation help for their poor to non-existent eyesight. It shows that our community in general is taking little to no figurative steps in an effort to improve conditions for affected individuals.
Text to speech is a feature that takes full advantage of currently available technology in both microphones and social media. Facebook, and by extension parent company Meta, believes its user base of people with different disabilities might benefit from the addition of a feature that actively assists the blind. If nothing else, TTS can be used by users who are already engaged in other activities. To be fair, listening to Stories on Facebook is an activity that shouldn’t really be attempted with full hands in the first place. Take your time, complete your tasks, then roll over to social media, don’t you? However, TTS has made Stories accessible and is a fun feature to play with.
The feature itself is currently being tested. It was revealed via a couple of leaked screenshots uploaded to the Twitter profile of a social media serial leaker, Alessandro Paluzzi. Along with the two screenshots, Paluzzi also uploaded a very short screencap video showing that there are currently only two voice actors for the position, one being male and the other female. You might expect other voice actors to join the ranks as well, but for now let’s wait for this feature itself to leave beta testing and make it to Facebook.
And when can we expect that? Well, the feature appears to be currently undergoing A/B beta testing in specific regions, meaning TTS is essentially a completed project. Therefore, Facebook would need no more than two or so months to gauge the public reception of the new feature and then properly integrate it into the social network’s interface.
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