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Twitter Adds Automated Captions for Voice Tweets

Twitter Adds Automated Captions for Voice Tweets 

Twitter has finally added captions to voice tweets. Last year, the firm launched the ability to send audio tweets.

According to The Verge, Twitter launched its voice tweets function in June 2020. Many accessibility advocates panned the function at the time of its inception since it lacked captions.

However, subtitles are now available in voice tweets on the microblogging platform. Captions will be automatically created in the supported languages of English, Japanese, Spanish, Portuguese, Turkish, Arabic, Hindi, French, Indonesian, Korean, and Italian when you make a voice tweet now.

Currently, the functionality is only accessible on iOS. Click or press the CC icon in the top-right corner of the voice tweet window to see the captions on a tweet. According to Twitter, captions only display on new voice tweets, so you won’t see them on previous ones.

When voice tweets were first introduced, it was revealed that Twitter didn’t have a dedicated accessibility team at the time; instead, workers had to donate their own time to help with accessibility. Since then, the firm has made improvements, stating in September that it has created teams to work on accessibility.

“We’re bringing out automated captions for Voice Tweets to iOS as part of our continuous commitment to make Twitter accessible for everyone,” Twitter’s head of global accessibility Gurpreet Kaur said in a statement.

“Though it’s early, and we know it won’t be perfect at first,” Gurpreet explained, “it’s one of many efforts we’re doing to extend and enhance accessibility across our service, and we look forward to continuing our journey to develop a genuinely inclusive service.”

In Twitter Spaces, its Clubhouse-style communal audio rooms, subtitles are also available.

This Monday, the microblogging site announced the demise of Fleets, a year-old feature. Within a year of its introduction, the business determined that Fleets had no future and announced that it will be closing down on August 3, 2021.

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