Twitter is now making its platform more accessible to the visually impaired with a new feature that allows images to be read with assistive technology. Although the platform has an existing feature that allows those who are blind and visually impaired to screen for texts posts, this marks the first time that the same technology has been applied to images.
As part of the latest Twitter update, those using iOS and Android can choose to add short, 420-character-long descriptions to their images. These descriptions will then be rendered as alternative text and read with assertive technology. As the company explains in a blog post about the new feature: "With this update, we’re empowering everyone to ensure content shared on Twitter is accessible to the widest possible audience."
The new feature demonstrates how companies are gradually making use of new technology to make their services more inclusive.