Twitter is now rolling out automated captions for voice tweets. When you make a voice tweet now, captions will be automatically generated in supported languages.
The company had introduced the feature of voice tweets in June 2020. Twitter has been working on the tool since last year but it is being made available for more users now.
At the time of the launch, the feature was criticized by many accessibility advocates for not having captions.
The automated captions will support various languages including English, Japanese, Spanish, Portuguese, Turkish, Arabic, Hindi, French, Indonesian, Korean, and Italian.
“As part of our ongoing work to make Twitter accessible for everyone, we’re rolling out automated captions for Voice Tweets to iOS,” Twitter’s head of global accessibility Gurpreet Kaur said in a statement.
Kaur further mentioned that this new feature won’t be perfect at first as it’s the company’s new idea to expand and strengthen accessibility across the world. She added that they are looking forward to creating a truly inclusive service to the people.
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
How to use the Twitter voice tweet?
To see the captions on a tweet, you can click or tap the CC icon in the top-right corner of the voice tweet window. Captions only appear on new voice tweets, Twitter tells The Verge, so you won’t see them on older ones.
Users can attach voice tweets to regular text to add more context or to assist the visually challenged users to see the tweet more clearly.
The voice tweet will also appear in the background for the user who is sharing it, who can listen to it by pressing the play button.
Twitter also offers captions in Twitter Spaces, its Clubhouse-like social audio rooms.
Currently, the feature is available only on iOS, while the platform is planning to expand the service to other users.