Twitter Releases Automated Captions For Voice Tweets A Year After Launch
Social media giant Twitter is finally introducing captions for voice tweets. The company introduced a voice tweet feature last year.
According to The Verge, Twitter introduced a voice tweet feature in June 2020. At the time of its launch, this feature was criticized by many supporters of accessibility because it has no subtitles.
However, the microblogging platform now includes voice tweets with subtitles. Now when you create a voice tweet, subtitles are automatically generated in supported languages, such as English, Japanese, Spanish, Portuguese, Turkish, Arabic, Hindi, French, Indonesian, Korean, and Italian.
This feature is only available for iOS. To view captions on a tweet, you can click or tap the CC icon in the upper right corner of the voice dialing window. Captions are only visible on new voice tweets, Twitter told Verge, so older ones won't show it again.
When tweeting began, it was also found that there was no volunteer team for Twitter at the time, instead, employees were forced to volunteer their time for fieldwork. What the company changed and announced was that in September it created teams focused on reach.
We took your feedback and we’re doing the work. To improve accessibility features, captions for voice Tweets are rolling out today.— Twitter Support (@TwitterSupport) July 15, 2021
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
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"As part of our ongoing work to make Twitter accessible to everyone, we automatically post tweets with voice quotes for iOS," Gurpreet Kaur, head of Twitter access, said in a statement.
“While this is still early and we know it will not be perfect in the beginning, this is just one of many steps we are taking to expand and strengthen our access to our full service, and we are working towards making it truly inclusive. We look forward to continuing our journey for services," Gurpreet added
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