Twitter is making sure that shared content is accessible to the widest audience possible by giving the visually impaired an opportunity to join in.
As of today, people using the iOS or Android app can add descriptions to the images in their Tweets with a new option in the app’s accessibility settings. A thumbnail will appear in the corner of each Tweet featuring an image, allowing the composer to click it and add a description up to 420 characters long.
Twitter said: “As a core part of the Twitter experience, it’s important that images shared on our platform are accessible to everyone including those who are visually impaired.”
Between celebrity feuds, some of the social media platform’s biggest moments have seen photos front and centre and Twitter wants everyone to be able to participate.
— Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow) March 3, 2014
Four more years. pic.twitter.com/bAJE6Vom
— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) November 7, 2012