In TikTok they are clear that they are an inclusive social platform, and therefore, they continue to launch new accessibility capabilities. In this regard, the popular ByteDance short video platform has just introduced the new automatic subtitling function, seeking the complicity of creators so that the content generated by them can be enjoyed even by people with hearing problems.
The idea is that the creators,If you record or upload your own videos, you can use the function itself so that an automatic transcription of the content can be carried out, which you can also edit manually, to present it as part of it to all users, with the possibility that those users who do not want to have subtitles during playback, can deactivate them through the sharing panel, from the application itself.
Creators can also manually edit transcripts
In TikTok they indicate that at the moment, the new function supports American English and Japanese, currently working to offer additional support for other languages over the next few months.
In this sense, it is likely that Spanish will be one of the next languages to have its corresponding support, given that it is one of the most widely spoken languages worldwide.
The automatic subtitling of videos is, to date, the last accessibility function to arrive, in addition to others already presentsuch as animated thumbnails, warnings in some videos with effects in case they are capable of producing epilepsy cases, the photosensitive content skip function for people with epilepsy, and the function that converts text to speech.
From TikTok they also point out that continue working to find areas for improvement in accessibility, for which it is even working with organizations and communities specialized in disabilities, including The Deaf Collective, for which it is committed to offering news and updates for the sake of transparency and to share all the progress it makes in this matter.
It will be a matter of time, as we say, that the new function presented today improves its scope and availability, although as we have also pointed out, it also involves the creators themselves for the automatic creation of the corresponding subtitles that allows taking their videos to a greater number of users, including those who suffer from some type of hearing problem or directly lack the ability to hear.
TikTok follows the path of other technology companies, joining efforts for the sake of accessibility.