Twitter says its latest update lets content shared on the platform become accessible to the widest possible audience including those who are visually-impaired.
According to Twitter, photos have been at the centre of some of the biggest moments on Twitter , therefore, “starting today, people using our iOS and Android apps can add descriptions — also known as alternative text (alt text) — to images in T clients also have the capability to add alt text to images, we’ products to both the REST API and Twitter Cards.”
According to the social media platform, “we know this is especially important for specialised Twitter clients for the visually impaired such as Eassy Chirp, Chicken, Nugget”
As a core part of Twitter experience, this update empowers everyone to ensure content shared on Twitter is accessible to the widest possible audience. “We’re excited to empower our customers and publishers to make images on Twitter accessible to the widest possible audience, so everyone can be included in the conversation and experience the biggest moments together.”
Twitter says that the new feature can be enabled by using the compose image descriptions option in the Twitter app’s accessibility settings. Enabling this feature allows users to access the add description button which will be attached to each thumbnail composer next time, you add am image to your tweet.
Description can be added to image by tapping it. People who are visually impaired will have access to the description via their assisting technology (e.g., screen readers and braille displays). Descriptions can be up to 420 characters, Twitter explains.