Twitter videos gain closed captions on Android and iOS

What do you want to know

  • Twitter is rolling out closed captions for videos on its platform.
  • Subtitles can be activated during playback with the new “CC” floating button.
  • Subtitles are available for videos in over 30 languages.

Twitter is rolling out a captioning toggle for videos, aimed at users worldwide on iOS and Android. The video captioning feature was first tested by the website in April. Although this is a test consisting of a small group of iOS users, the company announced on Friday that it has started rolling out to everyone on both mobile platforms.

If you come across a video with available captions on your feed, clicking it will automatically present you with a “CC” button in the upper right corner of the playback. Tap it to display subtitles/captions at the bottom, like what we’re used to on YouTube and other video platforms.

The social media site announced the new feature via its Twitter support account, showcasing a demo video that was first shown a few months ago when it began testing.

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The announcement post, however, does not specify whether there would be options to modify the captioning feature, such as changing the fonts or their sizes, for example. As the rollout has just begun, we expect there will be improvements down the road given sufficient feedback from Twitterati.

Closed captions are currently supported in over 30 languages, although they are only available in the original language of the video, at least for now.

Twitter appears to be rolling out features for its users. Recently, the app widely released its ALT badge to give users quick access to image descriptions.

This month, the social media platform introduced the Twitter Notes feature, a long-writing option similar to Medium and Substack.

The Notes feature allows users to write longer content without the traditional 280 character limit and will enable users to write more comprehensive content. It has a new team called Twitter Write, which runs the Notes segment on the social media platform. It is available as a test in some countries at the moment.

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