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Twitter adds captions to voice tweets more than a year after they first launched

Twitter is now rolling out captions for voice tweets, the company announced Thursday. Twitter first launched voice tweets in June 2020, however they had been quickly criticized at the time by accessibility advocates for not having captions.

Now, once you make a voice tweet (one thing you possibly can solely do on the iOS app proper now), captions might be routinely generated in supported languages, that are English, Japanese, Spanish, Portuguese, Turkish, Arabic, Hindi, French, Indonesian, Korean, and Italian. Nonetheless, Twitter notes that because it makes use of your system’s language settings as the idea for the transcription, the characteristic gained’t work precisely in case your system is about to one language however you’re talking in one other.

To see the captions on a tweet, you possibly can click on or faucet the CC icon within the top-right nook of the voice tweet window. Captions solely seem on new voice tweets, Twitter tells The Verge, so that you gained’t see them on older ones.

Under is a screenshot of what the captions and the CC icon seem like on the net, taken from a voice tweet that I made whereas writing this text:

You may also strive to pay attention to my voice tweet here and comply with together with the captions, although I’ll warn you that my tweets ultimately auto delete. If you happen to’re studying this text a short while after it was revealed, the voice tweet is likely to be gone.

When voice tweets launched, it additionally got here to gentle that there wasn’t a devoted crew at Twitter for accessibility on the time — as a substitute, workers had to volunteer their very own time for accessibility work. The corporate has since mounted that, asserting that it had fashioned groups to focus on accessibility in September.

“As a part of our ongoing work to make Twitter accessible for everybody, we’re rolling out automated captions for Voice Tweets to iOS,” Twitter’s head of worldwide accessibility Gurpreet Kaur stated in a assertion. “Although it’s nonetheless early and we all know it gained’t be excellent at first, it’s one in every of many steps we’re taking to increase and strengthen accessibility throughout our service, and we glance ahead to persevering with our journey to create a really inclusive service.”

Twitter additionally offers captions in Twitter Spaces, its Clubhouse-like social audio rooms.

Replace: July sixteenth, 1:50PM ET: Clarifies how system language settings are used for the transcription characteristic

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