When you come across a video in your Twitter feed, you may notice the captions play automatically when muted, then disappear when you click on it and turn the volume back on. Fortunately, Twitter is fixing this issue, announcing that it is testing the Closed Captions (CC) button for videos.
The Twitter support team said that the CC button is already available for some iOS users, and that it will arrive on Android soon. It’s testing the new feature for videos that already have captions available in the first place, giving users the option to turn it off or on. In the demo below, the CC button appears in the top-right corner of the video when it’s paused, and directs you to toggle if you choose.
Video captions or no captions, it’s now easier to choose for some of you on iOS, and soon on Android.
On videos that have captions available, we’re testing the option to turn captions off/on with a new “CC” button. pic.twitter.com/Q2Q2Wmr78U
— Twitter Support (@TwitterSupport) April 22, 2022
In December 2021, Twitter added automatic captions for videos, which only appear when people adjust the accessibility settings on their phones. Although it allowed more people to interact with video content uploaded to Twitter, it didn’t help stop the captions when users re-mute the audio. The CC button mode gives everyone, especially the hard of hearing, the ability to better understand everything that happens in videos uploaded to the platform.
Twitter’s latest accessibility test comes two weeks after it rolled out alt-text badges and exposed image descriptions globally for the benefit of visually impaired users. The global launch of these features resulted in a month of bug fixes and feedback from a select group of users.
Meanwhile, social media giant Twitter is adding the much-anticipated edit button, which it will be testing on Twitter Blue subscribers in the coming months. On top of giving users the ability to fix grammatical, punctuation, and spelling errors in their tweets after they’ve been posted, it’s also working on another new feature called “Vibe”, which will allow them to set their status as in AIM and Facebook.