Twitter stated in its accessibility blog post that “…photos have been at the centre of some of the biggest moments on Twitter. 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.”
To enable this feature, users of the iOS or Android app need to go to the ‘compose image descriptions’ option in the Twitter app’s accessibility settings. Once enabled, users will have an ‘add description’ button which will allow the addition of alternative text.
The accessibility of Twitter has improved notably in recent years due to the creation of an internal accessibility team. Twitter is a commonly used tool for people to discuss web accessibility issues as noted by the popular #a11y hashtag.
Additional information on the accessibility of Twitter can be found in the recently updated Twitter accessibility resource on the Media Access Australia a website.
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