TikTok’s latest features are all about accessibility

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Following those TikTok cooking videos or other content might get a little easier with the short video platform’s latest features.

On Thursday, TikTok announced via a blog post that it would begin rolling out three new accessibility and translation features for its hugely popular videos. These new features include auto-generated captions, translations for descriptions and video captions, and even translations for text stickers that people add to their TikTok videos.

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With the auto-generated captioning feature, TikTok users will be able to turn on closed captions for videos they watch, as well as those they create.

In addition to automatic captions, TikTok will also be rolling out two new translation features, one for video captions and descriptions and another for handy text stickers that creators often add to their videos to provide more context.

Two smartphones showing a TikTok video before and after adding translated text captions, descriptions and stickers.
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According to TikTok’s announcement, these new accessibility features are expected to “support an initial batch of languages, including English, Portuguese, German, Indonesian, Italian, Korean, Mandarin, Spanish and Turkish”.

Although TikTok is announcing the above features today, they are not yet widely available to all users. TikTok says the rollout is still “in its early stages” and for now, they’re “only available on select videos at the moment.”

Accessibility is becoming more and more important in the world of social media. And TikTok isn’t the only platform beefing up its accessibility tools. In fact, Twitter recently announced the launch of at least two more accessibility features for the Bird app: alt-text reminders and a closed captioning toggle for Android and iOS.

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