- Facebook Hates Blind People | Nillabyte
[MW: I think the conclusion here is extreme, but it’s a gambit to get Facebook’s attention. I don’t think Facebook *hates* blind people – it just never thinks about them at all. I updated my FB app yesterday, hoping it would solve some of these accessibility issues. After reading this, I won’t be rushing to try it out. It’s a different world (accessible, too) on Twitter. Here that, Facebook?]
Kyle Buckley: “Facebook, though, seems to take the opposite way that other developers take. Each new version of the Facebook app seems to have less and less VoiceOver compliance. I know of several users who have complained to the Facebook team about the app’s blind-user unfriendliness. But Facebook doesn’t seem to care. Today was the tipping point for me. Facebook just released a new version of their app that is supposed to be faster, easier, snappier, less convoluted, magical, revolutionary, evolutionary, fantastically wonderful, and filled with pure awesomeness! I downloaded it on the iPad, opened the app which is filled with wonder and magic, and was not at all surprised to find that it is even more blind unfriendly than before. Why? Why can they not devote just a little bit of time to have a blind user test it out so they can make their app screenreader friendly? I came to one conclusion: Facebook hates blind people.”
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