On July 15, Twitter declared that it will now provide rolling captions for voice tweets. The development follows after the microblogging site was criticized for failing to make voice tweets enabled to its special needs users. The feature was introduced in the previous year’s June.
Twitter, while admitting the criticism responded that the voice tweets follow after it ‘took the feedback to improve accessibility features.”
Through its Twitter handle, it states, ” We took feedback and we are 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.” It further explained that to view the captions on the web, individuals will have to click the ‘CC’ button.
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
The Verge reported that the captions will be automatically generated and are provided in several languages namely English, Hindi, Arabic, French, Indonesia, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Spanish, and Turkish.
The features will utilize the users’ device language setting to base its transcriptions and will further work accurately if the device is set to one language and you are speaking in another.
The Verge report further stated that the captions can be viewed by clicking the ‘CC’ icon on the top-right of the voice tweet and will appear for the new voice tweets.
Earlier, in September 2020, Twitter had built a dedicated team that focused on accessibility. Gurpreet Kaur, Twitter’s Head of global accessibility in a statement stated that it was a “part of our ongoing work to make Twitter accessible.”