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TikTok Announces Auto Captioning

Last week, TikTok announced their auto captioning feature for their platform, making the app one step closer to being fully accessible. The TikTok auto captions feature makes it easier for deaf and hard of hearing users to engage with the platform, but also is useful for any users watching with the sound off. 

TikTok Auto Captions

TikTok’s auto captions are currently only available in American English and Japanese, “with additional language support in the coming months”. While there are millions of non-English or Japanese-speaking users, this is a good first step for accessibility. TikTok’s official statement on accessibility states:

“We’re committed to fostering an inclusive app environment, and that means building products and tools that support our diverse community. As we continue working to make TikTok ever more accessible, today we’re introducing auto captions, a new feature to help people who are hard of hearing or deaf better use and enjoy TikTok.”

Users can enable auto captions on the editing page after they upload or record their video. The text is then automatically transcribed and displayed on their videos. With this feature, content creators also have the power of editing their captions for higher accuracy.

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TikTok’s Additional Accessibility Features

Given the visual nature of the platform, TikTok has made other strides in terms of accessibility. To date their accessibility features include:

  • The ability to replace animated thumbnails with static images
  • A creator warning to let content creators know when they produce videos triggering to those with photosensitive epilepsy
  • A photosensitivity feature that allows users, such as those with epilepsy, to skip photosensitive content
  • A text-to-speech feature that converts text to voice

For a full product announcement, visit TikTok’s newsroom here.

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Natalie Endres

Natalie works as the Marketing Manager for cielo24. cielo24 delivers video data solutions for media content creators across all industries.

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