The social network Twitter introduced the function of automatic transcription of audio and video. This will make the service more accessible to deaf users.
In the summer of 2020, the social network Twitter introduced a new feature – messages that can be sent by voice. Since then, engineers have received many requests to introduce transcription for voice messages as part of an initiative to promote accessibility for deaf users. Now Twitter has introduced this feature – it is available in the iOS app from today.
The social network noted that they were not immediately able to present the new feature – they did not have a separate team to ensure accessibility for all users. At first, the main team of the service worked on updates during extra hours. However, the company now has two teams working on such products.
Twitter reports that automatic captions for audio and video for all users will be provided “by the beginning of 2021”. While this feature is currently already available to a large number of iOS users, it is still in limited testing. On Android and in the web version, the feature will appear until early 2021.
Earlier it was revealed that YouTube will begin attaching a verified facts mailbox to any video that discusses the topic. YouTube first added these dashboards in 2018, expanding them this year to fight COVID-19 misinformation. Fact-verified platform information fields are similar to unobtrusive information labels on Twitter and Facebook.