Twitter first launched voice tweets last year in June 2020, but they were highly criticised for not having captions. Fortunately Twitter is finally rolling out captions for voice tweets. Now, whenever a user will make a voice tweet. Captions will be automatically generated in supported languages, the languages being English, Japanese, Spanish, Portuguese, Turkish, Arabic, Hindi, French, Indonesian, Korean, and Italian.
Here’s an example of a voice tweet from Jay Peters.
“This is a voice tweet, my name is Jay. This is a voice tweet, have a good day.“, can be heard in the tweet’s audio.
However, Twitter has also taken note of the fact that since the feature uses device’s language settings as the base for the tweet transcription, the feature won’t work accurately if the user’s device is set to one language but another language is being spoken.
Below is a screenshot of how the captions and the CC icon look like on a voice tweet.
When pressed or tapped the Caption button “CC” turns on and starts to display the captions for the tweet.
A report by The Verge says: “As part of our ongoing work to make Twitter accessible for everyone, we’re rolling out automated captions for Voice Tweets to iOS,” Twitter’s head of global accessibility Gurpreet Kaur said in a statement. “Though it’s still early and we know it won’t be perfect at first, it’s one of many steps we’re taking to expand and strengthen accessibility across our service, and we look forward to continuing our journey to create a truly inclusive service.”
The captions for voice tweets feature is currently available only on the iOS app. However we can only assume that after thorough assessment Twitter will plan to include this feature on the Android app and the desktop version soon.