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  • MaryGrace Lerin

Twitter Experiments with a New Closed Caption Button for Video Clips

Updated: Apr 26, 2022

Twitter has made it simpler to use closed captions in the app by adding a new 'CC' button to videos that include captions, a welcome feature that will undoubtedly benefit many users.

As seen here, a new 'CC' option will appear in the upper right corner of the video player screen, allowing you to turn on captions in certain videos.

The new button effectively serves a dual purpose, allowing you to turn on subtitles (where available) while also indicating which clips have captions accessible.

Since last year, Twitter has worked to improve its accessibility features, including improvements to its alt-text description display, such as an 'ALT' button on tweeted photos with descriptions, and auto-captions on video clips.

With auto-captions, it's likely that captions will be provided for every clip. Hence, the 'CC' button should appear on all posted clips, not only those 'where captions are available.'

While captions aren't now accessible on all videos, with the integration of auto-captions and the 'CC' button, it'll be possible to see more Twitter videos with text accompaniment, boosting accessibility and allowing more people to interact with tweets.

The new CC button will be tested first on iOS, followed by Android.

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