Twitter invited a deaf person to test out Spaces – here’s what they think…

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The social media platform’s Clubhouse rival is an audio-heavy experience, so how accessible is the feature to deaf and disabled people, and what are the auto-captions like? Deaf journalist and campaigner Liam O’Dell investigates…

Credit where credit’s (over)due, Twitter seem to have finally learned their lesson after the mishap over voice tweets in the summer of 2020. Deaf people are finally involved in the process of developing new audio features, and it’s been done as early as possible, too.

“The mic is yours,” read a message when I opened up my Twitter mobile app on Wednesday evening. “You can now host and join live conversations in Spaces. Go on. Try it.” A couple of minutes later, I did just that.

Having received assurances that Spaces would come with automatic captioning from the outset, I was curious to see just how accurate these would be. With the technology being heavily reliant on voice recognition, the tool, where implemented, is still far from perfect. One only needs to look at fellow social media platform YouTube to understand just how much further the site needs to go with the software, despite introducing it way back in November 2009.

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