Twitter expands voice tweets to more users on iOS, and transcripts will soon be available
The microblogging platform said that it is working hard to introduce voice tweets to Android and the Web in 2021, and Twitter is expanding its voice tweet function to more users on iOS.
This feature was launched in June, allowing users to use their voice tweets through the new “wavelength” icon. Twitter also plans to add transcriptions for audio and video to make it more accessible.
When the microblogging platform began testing voice tweets a few months ago, it was criticized for not considering accessibility. Twitter said that it will start rolling out voice tweets for Android and the Web in 2021.
Twitter announced that it will launch voice tweets to more iOS users so that it can continue to learn how people use audio.
The voice tweet function can capture up to 140 seconds of audio in a single tweet, but so far, it is only available for a limited number of users. Twitter also said that it is currently working to introduce voice tweets to Android and the Web in 2021.
Twitter received strong opposition after launching voice tweets in June for not considering accessibility. The company said in a tweet today that it has taken feedback seriously and is working to provide transcripts to make voice tweets more accessible.
The social media giant said that audio and video transcription is part of its larger plan, which aims to make Twitter reach everyone with all existing and new features.
After being criticized for being inaccessible, Twitter announced the formation of two new teams at the beginning of this month to focus on accessibility.
The Center for Accessibility Excellence will set goals and drive progress to help make all aspects of Twitter more accessible.
At the same time, the “experience accessibility” team will focus on new and existing features and products on Twitter, aiming to provide greater accessibility on the Weibo platform.