From PC Mag: More than a year after launching voice tweets, Twitter this week began rolling out automatic captions for the audio experience.
In a bid to improve accessibility, when users record a message, the social network now generates and displays subtitles for everyone to read on mobile or web.
Twitter last year introduced voice tweeting, inviting folks to attach audio clips to posts to "add a more human touch" to the social media experience. When composing a tweet on iOS, tap the purple wavelength icon to record, then add a few lines of explanatory text. Each tweet captures up to 140 seconds of audio, and can automatically create a thread for longer messages.
Following initial criticism that the function didn't take into account the needs of the visually impaired, deaf, or hard of hearing, Twitter apologized and "fixed several issues," including making voice tweets identifiable on the timeline.
Now, captions are supported in English, Arabic, French, Hindi, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Spanish, and Turkish, according to The Verge. To read while listening, tap the CC icon in the top right corner of new voice tweets; older posts will not be retrofitted with text. Twitter already offers captions in its Clubhouse-like Spaces audio rooms.
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