In order to improve accessibility, Twitter is rolling out automatic captions for videos. Automatic captions will be available on Android, iOS and the web, the company announced on Tuesday.
The new feature will only be available for new videos but not the older ones that have already been uploaded to Twitter. Auto captions will appear on muted tweet videos, but users will have to change their device’s accessibility settings to keep them on when videos are unmuted. On the web, users can turn the feature on/off by using the “CC” button. Currently, there is no way to report inaccurate or bad captions, The Verge reports. But a Twitter spokesperson said, “we’re always looking at ways to improve our accessibility features.”
Twitter came under massive backlash in 2020 for rolling out audio tweets without captions, the company has since created dedicated accessibility teams and this new auto-captions for videos is certainly a step in the right direction.