Twitter posted voice tweets more than a year ago now and took a lot of heat due to the lack of accessibility features. Now they finally throw out the automatically generated captions that appear when you click the “CC” button. The new feature is only available on iOS, as voice tweets have not yet arrived on Android.
Inscriptions are available in English, Japanese, Portuguese, Turkish, Arabic, Hindi, French, Indonesian, Korean and Italian. They will only appear on new voice tweets because they need to be generated when the tweet is created, Twitter said The Verge.
We took your feedback and are doing business. To improve accessibility features, voice tweet subtitles are being released today.
– Twitter support (@TwitterSupport) July 15, 2021
When the votes with the tweets were first tested last June, critics immediately stressed that they should have had captions from the outset as required by U.S. federal law. Twitter then admitted that it did not have a dedicated accessibility team and relied on employees to donate extra time for those functions. However, since then, the company has launched teams dedicated to accessibility. The company originally promised to add automated subtitles by early 2021, but that date has clearly slipped a bit.
Twitter has promised to improve and expand the service to all of its products. “While it’s still early and we know it won’t be perfect in the beginning, it’s one of the many steps we’re taking to expand and strengthen the availability of our service, and we look forward to continuing our journey to create a truly inclusive service,” Twitter’s global director told accessibility Gurpreet Kaur.
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