TikTok announced that it is rolling out a new feature that adds new accessibility and translation tools. The company said in a blog post; “Today, we’re introducing new caption and translation tools in hopes of lowering the language barrier to help bring entertaining global content to more users.”
The Accessibility and Translation Tools will be Available for Selected Videos
TikTok said that the launch of new accessibility and translation tools will help make global content more accessible regardless of the language(s) and where the users are in the world. However, TikTok is at the early stages of rolling out these tools, so they are only available for selected videos. The new updates will support an initial batch of languages including English, Portuguese, German, Indonesian, Italian, Korean, Mandarin, Spanish and Turkish.
TikTok first announced auto-captions in April 2021 but it requires creators to enable auto-generated captions on their videos before posting. However, the new update adds the ability for viewers to turn on closed captions in addition to creators. The same was with the translation that users had to use outside translation tools in order to understand the contents of the clip.
What does the Update Include?
The new Accessibility and Translation Tools update includes:
Auto-generated captions: With auto-generated captions, in addition to creators, viewers now have the option to turn on closed captions for videos
Translations for captions and video descriptions: With translations for captions and descriptions, Tiktok has made it easy for users to enjoy TikTok videos beyond the original language.
Translation for text stickers: Tiktok has also added translation to text stickers in videos, that way people don’t miss out on any entertainment content.