Twitter says it’s making its voice tweets feature available to more users on iOS. Launched in June for a limited number of users, voice tweets is designed to allow people to tweet with their voice, sending voice-based messages instead of text.
Voice tweets can be created by opening up the tweet composer and tapping the new wavelengths icon. A screen then opens with a user’s Twitter icon, which can be tapped to begin a recording.
Twitter users can capture up to 140 seconds of audio, but continuous recording is possible and longer audio will create multiple voice tweets.
Listening to a voice tweet can be done by tapping on the image in the Twitter timeline. On iOS, playback starts in an audio player that’s docked at the bottom of the timeline so users can continue to scroll through Twitter.
Transcription for audio and video is part of our larger plan to make Twitter accessible for everyone across all features, both existing and new.https://t.co/c9LTPiE003 (2/2)
— Twitter Support (@TwitterSupport) September 29, 2020
Since their arrival on iOS, voice tweets have been criticized for lacking accessibility in the form of audio transcriptions. That criticism led Twitter employees to reveal they’d been asked to volunteer their time on top of their usual work to focus on accessibility.
The ensuing flak led Twitter to tell The Verge that it was exploring how to build a “more dedicated group” to focus on accessibility, and the company has since announced new two teams in that vein. Twitter subsequently said it plans to add automated captions to audio and video on the platform by “early 2021.”