Twitter has released voice tweets over a year ago and has suffered greatly from a lack of accessibility features. Now, it’s finally launching automatically generated subtitles that appear when you click the “CC” button. The new feature is only available on iOS, as voice tweets haven’t made it to Android yet.
Subtitles are available in English, Japanese, Portuguese, Turkish, Arabic, Hindi, French, Indonesian, Korean and Italian. They will only appear in new voice tweets, as they need to be generated when the tweet is created, Twitter told The Verge.
“We got your feedback and we’re doing the job. To improve accessibility features, subtitles for voice tweets are being launched today,” reads the July 15, 2021 Twitter Support account.
Says more: “Now when you record a voice Tweet, captions are automatically generated and displayed. To view the subtitles on the web, click on the “CC” button.
When voice tweets were first tested last June, critics immediately pointed out that they should have subtitles from the start, as required in the US by Federal law. Twitter then admitted that it did not have a dedicated accessibility team and was relying on employees to devote additional time to these resources. Since then, however, the company has made available teams dedicated to the theme of accessibility. The company originally promised to add automated subtitles in early 2021, but that date has obviously not been met.
Twitter has promised to improve and expand the service in its products. “Although it’s still early and we know it won’t be perfect at first, it’s one of the many steps we’re taking to expand and strengthen accessibility in our service, and we look forward to continuing our journey to create a truly inclusive service,” said the Twitter’s head of global accessibility, Gurpreet Kaur.