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Rising popularity: MEA following on social media hits 3 million mark

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New Delhi: The following of the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) on social media platforms has hit a 3.8 million mark which does not include the missions abroad.

MEA’s monthly following on Facebook is 15 million and 17.5 million on Twitter while the followers of Indian Diplomacy facebook page and MEA India facebook page have increased considerably to 8,17,513 and 11,91, 214 respectively.

The number of people adding the MEA India G+ page to their inner circles is fast expanding and has crossed 7,83,768, according to the Ministry’s annual report.

The Indian diplomacy Twitter account and the official spokesperson’s twitter account have a combined followership of 10,32,930.

The Ministry in order to increase its presence on social media platforms has roped in missions and posts abroad to communicate directly with the local population of the host countries as well as the Indian diaspora.

At present, around 149 Indian missions around the world (95%) have a Facebook presence. They have been standardized under one title example: ”India in USA”, “India in Ireland”.

The accounts are used to put information about India like investments in India, participation in programmes such as ”Make in India” , “Digital India” and also about a particular embassy activity of a country. More than 90 missions and posts are also active on Twitter. The ministry is working to standardize names on Twitter as well.

The number of viewers of documentaries and films on Indian diplomacy Youtube channel has also increased to 63,81,147. The Flickr account is a good ‘repository’ of photos of major events of the ministry.

(Source: webindia123.com)

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Blind Facebook employee is developing tech for sightless

At Facebook, he works on features to help people with disabilities use the platform.

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  • A blind Facebook employee is developing AI to make social network for sightless fun
  • He is developing AI which will verbalise images and videos
  • This technology will enable alt-text for images and videos

A blind Facebook employee is developing a technology that will use Artificial Intelligence (AI) to verbalise the content of an image or video and enable the visually impaired to “see” and determine appropriate content for people and advertisers.

Facebook engineer Matt King is leading a project that is making solutions for visually impaired people on the platform that could eventually be used to identify images and videos that violate Facebook’s terms of use or that advertisers want to avoid.

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This feature will verbalise images and videos for the visually impaired. Image Source: Reuters
This feature will verbalise images and videos for the visually impaired. Image Source: Reuters

“More than two billion photos are shared across Facebook every single day. That’s a situation where a machine-based solution adds a lot more value than a human-based solution ever could,” CNBC quoted King as saying late on Saturday.

King, who was born with a degenerative eye disease called retinitis pigmentosa, lost his vision by the time he got his degree and started working at IBM with the tech giant’s accessibility projects.

He worked on a screen reader to help visually impaired people “see” what is on their screens either through audio cues or a braille device. IBM eventually developed the first screen reader for a graphical interface.

He worked with the accessibility team till Facebook hired him from IBM in 2015.

The man behind this development is Matt King.
The man behind this development is Matt King.

At Facebook, he works on features to help people with disabilities use the platform, like adding captions to videos or coming up with ways to navigate the site using only audio cues.

“Anybody who has any kind of disability can benefit from Facebook. They can develop beneficial connections and understand their disability doesn’t have to define them, to limit them,” King said.

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One of his main projects is “automated alt-text,” which describes audibly what is in Facebook images.

When automated alt-text was launched in April 2016, it was only available in five languages on the iOS app. Today it is available in over 29 languages on Facebook on the web, iOS and Android.

Facebook is available in more than 29 languages across the world. Pixabay
Facebook is available in more than 29 languages across the world. Pixabay

“The things people post most frequently kind of has a limited vocabulary associated with it,” the Facebook engineer said.

“It makes it possible for us to have one of those situations where if you can tackle 20 per cent of the solution, it tackles 80 per cent of the problem. It’s getting that last 20 per cent which is a lot of work, but we’re getting there,” he said.

In December 2017, Facebook pushed an automatic alt-text update that used facial recognition to help visually impaired people find out who is in photos. IANS