Twitter has Added Auto-Captions to Videos

Twitter has added video captions. It posted a tweet on December 14, 2021, that said: “ Where are video captions when you need them? They’re here now automatically on videos uploaded starting today.”

The same tweet explains that for Android and iOS, auto-captions will show on muted Tweet videos; keep them on when unmuted via your device’s accessibility settings. Those using Twitter on the web can use the “CC” button to turn auto-captions on or off.

TechCrunch reported that Twitter’s auto-captions will make videos more accessible for deaf and hard-of-hearing users. According to TechCrunch, auto-captions will be available on web, iOS, and Android in over 30 languages, including English, Spanish, Japanese, Arabic, Thai, Chinese, Hindi, and many more.

You can see the entire list of languages that can be used in auto-captions in a blog post on Twitter’s Help Center.

The same blog post points out that if your Tweets are protected, only your followers can view your videos in your Tweets. “Please note that your followers may download or re-share links to videos that you share in protected Tweets. Links to videos shared on Twitter are not protected. Anyone with the link will be able to view the content.” Twitter suggests that if you don’t want anyone to see your videos on Twitter, that you delete the Tweets containing those videos.

Twitter responded to a tweet in which someone asked if there will be an option to translate auto-captions to English. Twitter responded in a tweet: “Auto-captions will appear in the language of the device used to upload the video originally. Translation isn’t available just yet.”

Overall, auto-captions are a step in the right direction. It makes sense to add them to videos so that people who are deaf, or people who are hard-of-hearing can access videos. This feature comes after Twitter added the ability for people to add Alt text to photos and screenshots so that people who are blind can have their screenreader describe images to them.

It should be noted that videos that have already been posted to Twitter will not have auto-captions added to them. That is something Twitter needs to fix.