Starting July 2022, TikTok has introduced new tools aiming to make the app’s content more accessible. The updates include new caption and translation tools that support 9 languages (English, Portuguese, German, Indonesian, Italian, Korean, Mandarin, Spanish, and Turkish) and auto-generated captions. Ever since this update, TikTok users can quickly turn on closed captions for videos in their feed. Creators posting a TikTok with auto captions have the ability to edit any auto-generated text to correct any potential mistakes before the video is published.
Other accessibility features that the TikTok team has launched include the text-to-speech feature, the option to turn animated thumbnails into static representations, and warnings that give users the option to skip videos containing photosensitive content. TikTok’s text-to-speech trend has become increasingly popular among creators, who often choose to have the Siri-like voice of the feature read their text out loud, and many TikTok users have embraced captioning.
The TikTok team claims they are invested in continuing to work on these along with other updates that aim in increasing the app’s accessibility and inclusivity.