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Twitter is testing a CC button for captions on videos

The feature is available for some iOS users and is coming to Android ‘soon’

Twitter is testing a CC button for closed captions on videos.
Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge

Twitter said on Friday it’s testing a new “CC” button to turn captions on and off on videos with captions available. The feature is rolling out to some users on iOS and will be coming “soon” to Android, the company says.

As shown in a video tweeted by Twitter’s Support account, the button appears in the upper-right corner of a video attached to a tweet.

As its board considers a takeover bid by Tesla CEO Elon Musk, Twitter has been rolling out a lot of new features in recent weeks — some focused on accessibility and some by popular request from users. The company took some heat in 2020 when it was revealed that Twitter employees who wanted to work on accessibility features volunteered their time, but it’s since added a dedicated team focused on accessibility.

Earlier this month, Twitter announced that its ALT badge and improved image descriptions are now available globally, making alt text descriptions more prominent for all users. The company also confirmed it’s finally working on a long-requested functionality to edit tweets, which it’s rolling out first to its paying Twitter Blue subscribers. And reverse engineer Jane Manchun Wong found evidence the service is testing a feature to allow users to set a status, codenamed “vibe.”

It’s also testing an experiment where it will promote developers’ third-party safety tools as part of its Twitter Toolbox.