Twitter is expanding its voice tweets feature to more users on iOS. The social media company says it plans to add transcriptions to voice tweets to improve accessibility.
Voice tweets allow users to record snippet audio to post with a tweet. Twitter says via its support page that adding transcriptions to the feature would help address some of the criticisms from the feature’s launch.
We’re rolling out voice Tweets to more of you on iOS so we can keep learning about how people use audio.
Since introducing the feature in June, we’ve taken your feedback seriously and are working to have transcription available to make voice Tweets more accessible. (1/2)
— Twitter Support (@TwitterSupport) September 29, 2020
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Voice tweets were criticised for being inaccessible because of a lack of transcription. Then the company was also criticised for not having a dedicated team for accessibility. Twitter got further criticism for asking its employees to volunteer their time on top of their normal work to focus on accessibility.
However, since 2nd September 2020, Product Lead, Kayvon Beykpour, has announced two new teams dedicated to accessibility. One to promote accessibility within Twitter’s products and the other is to focus on accessibility for Twitter as a business.
The company also said it’s planning to add automated captions to audio and video on the platform by early 2021. As for transcriptions on voice tweets, it is still unknown when the feature will be available in voice tweets. Twitter Support account says that voice tweets would be coming to Android and the web sometime in 2021.
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