Twitter is now launching captions for voice tweets, the company announced on Thursday. Twitter first launched voice tweets in June 2020, but they were quickly criticized by lawyers for accessibility for not having captions.
Now, when you create a voice tweet (something you can only do in the iOS app right now), captions are automatically generated in supported languages, which are English, Japanese, Spanish, Portuguese, Turkish, Arabic, Hindi, French, Indonesian, Korean and Italian.
To view the caption of a tweet, click or tap the CC icon at the top right of the voice tweet window. Subtitles only appear on new voice tweets, Twitter says The Verge, so you do not see them in the elderly.
Below is a screenshot of how the caption and CC icon look online, taken from a voice tweet I made while writing this article:
You can also try listening to my voice tweet here and follow the caption, although I want to warn you that my tweets will eventually be deleted automatically. If you read this article a little while after it was published, your voice tweet may be gone.
When voice tweets were launched, it was also revealed that there was not a dedicated team on Twitter for accessibility at the time – instead, the employees had to volunteer their own time for accessibility work. The company has since resolved it and announced that it had formed a team to focus on availability in September.
“As part of our ongoing work to make Twitter accessible to everyone, we are rolling out automatic captions for Voice Tweets to iOS,” Twitter’s Global Accessibility Director Gurpreet Kaur said in a statement. “Although it is still early and we know it will not be perfect in the beginning, it is one of many steps we are taking to expand and strengthen accessibility across our service, and we look forward to continuing our journey for to create a truly inclusive service. ”
Twitter also offers captions in Twitter Spaces, its clubhouse-like social sound space.