Twitter has announced a new accessibility feature that generates captions for voice Tweets that users record and send to each other.
Twitter first launched voice tweets in June last year, but at the time failed to provide accessibility to all, since it also didn’t offer captions. Last week, Twitter announced, it is now rolling out a new automatic captions feature for voice Tweets.
Twitter’s head of global accessibility, Gurpreet Kaur, said in a statement that “as part of our ongoing work to make Twitter accessible for everyone, we’re rolling out automated captions for Voice Tweets to iOS. Though it’s still early and we know it won’t be perfect at first, it’s one of many steps we’re taking to expand and strengthen accessibility across our service, and we look forward to continuing our journey to create a truly inclusive service.”
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While voice Tweets is still only available on iOS, for the time being, Twitter is adding the option to allow automatically generated captions in English, Japanese, Spanish, Portuguese, Turkish, Arabic, Hindi, French, Indonesian, Korean, and Italian.
The captions will automatically generate and appear, and users will have to click on the “CC” button to view them.
We took your feedback and we’re doing the work. To improve accessibility features, captions for voice Tweets are rolling out today.
Now when you record a voice Tweet, captions will automatically generate and appear. To view the captions on web, click the “CC” button. https://t.co/hrdI19Itu6 pic.twitter.com/pDlpOUgV6l
— Twitter Support (@TwitterSupport) July 15, 2021
The move was made possible by the addition of a new team, which Twitter put together in September last year, dedicated to accessibility and the concerns around it. Captions are also available on Twitter Spaces.
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