Updates to social media accessibility in 2016


Presented at 8:00am in Windsor on Wednesday, November 16, 2016.



  • Gian Wild, Ms, AccessibilityOz

Session Details

  • Length of Session: 1-hr
  • Format:
  • Expertise Level: Intermediate
  • 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/App Access

Speaker Bio(s)

Gian Wild

Gian works in the area of web accessibility: making sure web sites and mobile apps can be used by people with disabilities. She spent six years contributing to the international set of web accessibility guidelines used around the world and is also the CEO and Founder of AccessibilityOz. With offices in Australia and the United States, AccessibilityOz has been operating for five years. Its clients include the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet, Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games, Optus, Seek and Foxtel. A 2017 Australian of the Year award nominee, Gian splits her time between Australia the US. A regular speaker at conferences around the world, in 2015 she presented to the United Nations on the importance of web accessibility at the Conference of State Parties to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.


Social Media Accessibility PowerPoint