Updates to social media accessibility in 2016

Bios & Handouts

Scheduled at 8:00am in Windsor on Wednesday November, 16.



  • Gian Wild, Ms, AccessibilityOz

Session Details

  • Length of Session: 1-hr
  • Format: Lecture
  • Expertise Level: Beginner
  • Type of session: General Conference


2016 has seen a great increase in social media networks attempting to be accessible, with the advent of Facebook's image recognition and Twitter's image description. But can we now truly say that social media is accessible? Gian Wild reviews the improvements in accessibility compliance.


In 2015 Gian Wild reviewed the accessibility of the four major social media netowrks: Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and LinkedIn and found many accessibility issues; some rendering the social media network completely inaccessible. However 2016 has heralded a new wave of accessibility features in these systems, including Facebook's image recognition and Twitter's image description. Does this mean that the social media networks are now accessible? When releasing content to social media can we be sure that it truly is accessible to all users? Gian Wild reviews the accessibility compliance of the foiur major social media networks and reports back.


  1. Social media have made some improvements to accessibility in 2016
  2. is dependent on what is found later in 2016
  3. is dependent on what is found later in 2016

Disability Areas

Cognitive/Learning, Deaf/Hard of Hearing, Mobility, Vision

Topic Areas

Web/Media Access

Speaker Bio(s)

Gian Wild

Gian Wild is the CEO of AccessibilityOz. She has worked in accessibility industry since 1998. Her major achievements include: the very first Australian accessible web site; the accessibility compliance of the Melbourne 2006 and Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games; her six years’ active membership in the W3C Web Content Accessibility Guidelines Working Group; and her speech on the importance of web accessibility at the United Nations Conference of State Parties in June last year. Gian has spoken at conferences in Australia, US, Canada, South America and Europe.


Social Media Accessibility PowerPoint