Remember Voice Tweets, the experimental feature that allows some users to add voice memos to your feed? Well, Twitter did not abandon voice tweets! In fact, the site launches Voice Tweets for all iOS users. Twitter also plans to add transcripts for Voice Tweets, a feature that would make audio posts more accessible … and perhaps less annoying.
Sorry, I did not mean that! 😜 Initial testing of voice tweets began in June 2020 to lukewarm reception. Most users ignored the feature, but many pointed out that voice tweets are inaccessible to people who are deaf or hard of hearing. The feature lacks any kind of captions or automatic transcripts ̵1; something that Twitter should have expected, as users and the disabled routinely advocate for the platform to add automatic subtitles to videos.
We’re launching voice tweets to more of you on iOS so we can continue to learn how people use sound.
Since we introduced the feature in June, we’ve taken your feedback seriously and are working to make transcription available to make voice tweets more accessible. (1/2)
– Twitter Support (@TwitterSupport) September 29, 2020
During the fallout over the availability of voice-tweet, Twitter admitted that it does not have a dedicated disability team! It now has two accessibility teams to ensure that all users can judge equally and that new features are available from the jump.
Well, maybe not All new features. Voice Tweets, which expands to all iOS users, will not have automatic captions until “early 2021”. Twitter probably plans to add voice captions to its videos at the same time.